On Oct 1, 2010, at 9:40 AM, Benjamin Root wrote:
On Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 8:44 PM, Tony S Yu <email@example.com>
I'd like to make something in between a box plot  and a histogram. Each histogram would be represented by a single, tall, rectangular patch (like the box in a box plot), and the patch would be subdivided by the bin edges of the histogram. The face color of each sub-patch would replace the bar height in the histogram.
If any of that actually made sense:
* Does this type of plot have a name?
* Is there an easy way to do this in Matplotlib?
* If there isn't an easy way, what would be a good starting point? Initial ideas: 1) Use pcolor or imshow and embed this axes in a larger axes, 2) represent the sub-patches as a PolyCollection.
 e.g. http://matplotlib.sourceforge.net/examples/pylab_examples/boxplot_demo.html
I am not quite sure I understand.
I've checked the gallery, but I don't see anything that appears similar. In any case, I ended up hacking together something that works. I've attached an image of what I had in mind (created with the code at the very bottom of this reply).
I ended up using mpl Rectangle objects and stringing them together using a PatchCollection. Maybe there's a more efficient way to do this, but this approach worked well-enough.