Resolving Histogram Binning Dilemmas with Binless and Binfull Algorithms
Abstract
The histogram is an analysis tool in widespread use within many sciences, with high energy physics as a prime example. However, there exists an inherent bias in the choice of binning for the histogram, with different choices potentially leading to different interpretations. This paper aims to eliminate this bias using two "debinning" algorithms. Both algorithms generate an observed cumulative distribution function from the data, and use it to construct a representation of the underlying probability distribution function. The strengths and weaknesses of these two algorithms are compared and contrasted. The applicability and future prospects of these algorithms is also discussed.
 Publication:

arXiv eprints
 Pub Date:
 May 2014
 arXiv:
 arXiv:1405.4958
 Bibcode:
 2014arXiv1405.4958K
 Keywords:

 Physics  Data Analysis;
 Statistics and Probability;
 High Energy Physics  Experiment;
 High Energy Physics  Phenomenology
 EPrint:
 19 pages, 5 figures