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)


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

Tableau’s On Demand training also includes histograms:

This is Tech Analytics’ take:

ExcelR Solutions shared this video:

Blog posts

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

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

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

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

This is Ryan Sleeper‘s view:

Example workbooks

Robin Kennedy‘s Gaussian curve example can be found here:!/vizhome/Gaussiancurve/Gaussiancurvefitting

Whilst another of his shared examples is here:!/vizhome/Histogramsagain/Salessizebins

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