Density And Histogram In R

density histogram in r

This article will discuss using the density histogram in the R programming language together. First, we will go to find out what is the histogram and density together.

What is the histogram in R?

A histogram is a visual that groups several data points into user-specified ranges and provides a rough idea of the distribution of numerical data. See the syntax for this function below.


hist(x, main, xlab, xlim, ylim, breaks, col, border)


  • x: It is a vector including numeric values.
  • main: The title of the chart.
  • col: Set the color of the bars.
  • border: Set the border color of each bar.
  • xlab:  Describe the x-axis.
  • xlim: The range of values on the x-axis.
  • ylim: The range of values on the y-axis.
  • breaks: The width of each bar.

What is the density in R?

A density plot depicts a numeric variable’s distribution using a kernel density estimate to depict the variable’s probability density function. R Language’s density() function is used to generate kernel density estimates. Furthermore, its return value is utilized to construct the final density map. Follow the syntax below:




  • x: The data that needs to be computed.

How to use the density and histogram in R?

Using the hist() function in R to plot

First, we will create a vector for this example as follows:

# Create the vector
vec <- c(5, 3, 6, 9, 12, 6, 3, 2, 9, 10, 36)

# View the vector


[1]  5  3  6  9 12  6  3  2  9 10 36

Now, we will use the hist() function in R to plot the chart with this vector. 

# Create the vector
vec <- c(5, 3, 6, 9, 12, 6, 3, 2, 9, 10, 36)

# Plot the chart
    xlab = "Weight", ylab = "Frequency", main = "Histogram of vector",
    col = "green", border = "black"


Using the density() function in R to plot

Here, we will use the density() function to plot a graph with the data as an iris dataset. And we will use the ggplot2 package for this example. So, if you don’t have this package, you need to install it. 

# Import package

# Using density() function
dens <- density(iris$Sepal.Length)

# Plot
plot(dens, frame = FALSE, main = "Density", col = "red")


Using the hist() and density() functions in the same frame

Now, we will use hist() and density() functions in the same frame to plot a graph and use the iris dataset in this example. Follow the code example below to understand.

# Plot with hist() function
    prob = TRUE,
    main = "Histograms and density",
    col = "green", border = "black",
    xlab = "Temp", ylab = "Density"

# Plot with density() function
    lwd = 2, col = "red"



This article demonstrates how to plot with hist() and density functions in the R programming language. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.

Good luck!

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