Hi everyone and sorry for my english, I'm new to Mathematica. I have a problem combining points with histograms in Mathematica 12.0. I would like to display a frequency histogram along with points placed in the center of each bin. My ultimate goal is to put together a histogram with its Gaussian approximation. I tried using Show to display them together but the points are not centered in the bins and moreover the histogram is moved to the right. At this point, I would have another question to ask you: how can I create a Gaussian curve starting from Gaussian points (with ListLinePlot the graph is broken and I don't like it)? Here is the code of my attempt.

Thank you in advance.

 istomax900 ={{0.0246604, 4}, {0.0258038, 3}, {0.0269472, 6}, {0.0280907, 
  14}, {0.0292341, 21}, {0.0303775, 14}, {0.0315209, 12}, {0.0326643, 
  10}, {0.0338078, 11}, {0.0349512, 6}}
     gaussianamax900={{0.0246604, 1.57199}, {0.0258038, 3.60887}, {0.0269472, 
  6.88537}, {0.0280907, 10.9177}, {0.0292341, 14.3863}, {0.0303775, 
  15.7544}, {0.0315209, 14.338}, {0.0326643, 10.8445}, {0.0338078, 
  6.81618}, {0.0349512, 3.5606}}
    Histogram[WeightedData @@ Transpose[istomax900], Length[istomax900]]
     Histogram[WeightedData @@ Transpose[istomax900], Length[istomax900]]]
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    $\begingroup$ People are less likely to help you if you do not provide code that other people can easily copy and paste. Don't force other people to retype your code. $\endgroup$ May 16, 2020 at 11:29
  • $\begingroup$ ehm sorry , it's my first question. $\endgroup$ May 16, 2020 at 12:03
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    $\begingroup$ It's fine, that's why I'm teaching you how things are done here. Does Histogram[WeightedData @@ Transpose[istomax900], Length[istomax900], Epilog -> {Red, Point[gaussianamax900]}] do what you want? $\endgroup$ May 16, 2020 at 12:05
  • $\begingroup$ This allows me not to use "Show" but the points in the bins are not centered anyway $\endgroup$ May 16, 2020 at 12:17
  • $\begingroup$ By "centered", do you mean the points are centered on the bars, or centered on the tops of the bars? $\endgroup$ May 16, 2020 at 12:20

2 Answers 2


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Here are a few options for you to start. Try to experiment by reading examples in documentation for listed below functions.







  • $\begingroup$ @kglr gave me the correct answer. Thank you for your availability $\endgroup$ May 16, 2020 at 12:49

Update: Using OP's data:

bincenters = istomax900[[All, 1]];
binwidth = First @ Differences[bincenters];
binspecs = {Min[#] - binwidth/2, Max[#] + binwidth/2, binwidth} & @ bincenters;

Show[Histogram[WeightedData @@ Transpose[istomax900], binspecs], 
 ListPlot[gaussianamax900, Joined -> True, PlotMarkers -> Automatic]]

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Original answer:

data = RandomVariate[NormalDistribution[0, 1], 200]; 

histogram = Histogram[data]; 

You can extract the coordinates of bin centers and heights from histogram using Cases and use those points with ListLinePlot:

bincentersandheights = Cases[histogram , Rectangle[{xmin_, ymin_}, {xmax_, ymax_}, ___] :> 
  {Mean[{xmin, xmax}], ymax}, All];

Show[histogram, ListLinePlot[bincentersandheights,
  PlotStyle -> Directive[Thick, Red], PlotMarkers -> "●"]]

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Alternatively, you can use bincentersandheights to construct the desired points and lines to be used as Epilog:

Show[histogram,  Epilog -> ({Thick, Red, Line@#, PointSize[Large], Red, Point@#} &@

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  • $\begingroup$ Perfect. You have fully satisfied my request. Thank you very match. $\endgroup$ May 16, 2020 at 12:51
  • $\begingroup$ @tommaso if kglr’s answer solves your problem, consider upvoting it and accepting it to reward their effort. $\endgroup$
    – MarcoB
    May 16, 2020 at 14:51
  • $\begingroup$ yes , sure. I click on the v, all right? $\endgroup$ May 16, 2020 at 15:06

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