On Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 8:44 PM, Tony S Yu <tsyu80@gmail.com> wrote:
I'd like to make something in between a box plot [1] 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.

Thoughts?
-Tony

[1] e.g. http://matplotlib.sourceforge.net/examples/pylab_examples/boxplot_demo.html

Tony,

I am not quite sure I understand.  Are you  looking for error bars on the histogram, maybe?

http://matplotlib.sourceforge.net/users/screenshots.html#bar-charts

Or maybe something more like this:

http://matplotlib.sourceforge.net/examples/pylab_examples/bar_stacked.html

Or maybe something else in the gallery is more like what you want:

http://matplotlib.sourceforge.net/gallery.html

Ben Root