Definition

wikipedia defines a histogram as:

A histogram is a graphical representation of the distribution of numerical data. It is an estimate of the probability distribution of a continuous variable (quantitative variable)

Videos

This brief video from Tableau suggests good use cases for a histogram:

Tableau’s On Demand training also includes histograms:

http://www.tableau.com/learn/tutorials/on-demand/histograms

This is Tech Analytics’ take:

ExcelR Solutions shared this video:

Blog posts

Interworks’ “Tableau Essentials” features this post by Carly Capitul:

https://www.interworks.com/blog/ccapitula/2014/11/26/tableau-essentials-chart-types-histogram

The Information Lab’s “Show Me” series looks at histograms:

http://www.theinformationlab.co.uk/2015/06/04/show-histograms/

And extend upon it with an article about creating dynamic histograms:

http://www.theinformationlab.co.uk/2016/04/19/creating-dynamic-histogram-using-parameter-lod/

This older article from the same source, describes how to add a Gaussian distribution curve to a histogram:

http://www.theinformationlab.co.uk/2013/11/04/fitting-a-gaussian-normal-distribution-curve-to-a-histogram-in-tableau/

This is Ryan Sleeper‘s view:

http://www.evolytics.com/blog/tableau-201-make-histogram/

Example workbooks

Robin Kennedy‘s Gaussian curve example can be found here:

http://public.tableau.com/profile/rkennedy#!/vizhome/Gaussiancurve/Gaussiancurvefitting

Whilst another of his shared examples is here:

http://public.tableau.com/profile/rkennedy#!/vizhome/Histogramsagain/Salessizebins

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