Running this code:

 RandomVariate[NormalDistribution[3/4, 0.12], 100]}, 
 Automatic, "Probability", PlotRange -> {{0, 1}, {0, 1}},
 Frame -> True, PlotRangeClipping -> True,
 FrameLabel -> {Style["x axis", 15], Style["probability", 15]}

Gives me the following plot:

enter image description here

As you can see, the label on the right ("probability") is not printed correctly. The character "y" is missing. What's going on here?

I am using Mathematica I ran this on two laptops, one with Windows 7 and the other with Windows 8.

Update: Judging by the comments, this seems to be a bug. So now the question becomes: Is there a workaround?

Update: This seems to be bug, so I'll tag as such. In the meantime, see the answers for workarounds.

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    $\begingroup$ What version and OS? Does it happen without the Style wrappers? $\endgroup$ – Brett Champion Apr 26 '13 at 3:18
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    $\begingroup$ This happens in version 9.0.1 on Windows 7 x64 too. Adding frame (Framed@Style["probability", 15]) shows that the frame is placed incorrectly: a half of the "y" letter is located outside the frame. $\endgroup$ – Alexey Popkov Apr 26 '13 at 4:44
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    $\begingroup$ Your code works fine on my Mac 10.6.8 with Mathematica version The "probability" label is entirely visible. $\endgroup$ – Romke Bontekoe Apr 26 '13 at 6:15
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    $\begingroup$ Happened here in 9.0.1 win7 x64. I encountered similar problems in earlier version too. My workaround is adding some spaces after y: "probability ". $\endgroup$ – Silvia Apr 26 '13 at 8:11
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    $\begingroup$ @becko You can add some spaces at the beginning to "center" it. $\endgroup$ – Silvia Apr 28 '13 at 15:49

This seems to be related to, or a manifestation of:
Poor anti-aliasing in Rotated text with ClearType on

On my system Simon's workaround is successful.
Using Style["probability", 15, FontOpacity -> 0.999]:

enter image description here

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    $\begingroup$ +1 FontOpacity -> 0.999 works here too. $\endgroup$ – becko Apr 29 '13 at 17:04
  • $\begingroup$ @becko Good. It also improves the quality of the type, at least to my eyes. $\endgroup$ – Mr.Wizard Apr 29 '13 at 17:09
  • $\begingroup$ I have submitted a bug report to Wolfram. Did you submit one on your issue? What did they reply? $\endgroup$ – becko Apr 29 '13 at 17:09
  • $\begingroup$ @becko I'm using an old version (7). There is really no point in submitting bug reports for old versions. $\endgroup$ – Mr.Wizard Apr 29 '13 at 17:11
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    $\begingroup$ really? One would think that one of the most valued contributors to our forum has the latest gear! ;) $\endgroup$ – becko Apr 29 '13 at 17:18

This issue happened for me in 9.0.1 and also some earlier versions.

My crude yet working workaround is adding some spaces after y to force it been displayed entirely, meanwhile also add corresponding spaces before p to keep the word being centrally aligned.

Hope this helps.


When i ran your code on my system it was fine. Version No: Platform: Linux x86(32-bit) So maybe its a windows problem. Try Exporting the image and see if that 'y' is still missing in the exported image.

  • $\begingroup$ Interestingly, exporting to .pdf shows no issue. But .png and .jpg have the same problem. $\endgroup$ – becko Apr 26 '13 at 16:13

I got the following reply from Technical Support @ Wolfram:

Hello -

Thank you for your email.

Our developers have created a report on this issue and are investigating the issue.

If you need a workaround for this issue, you have a number of possibilities beyond what is mentioned in the StackExchange thread. You could explicitly specify the FontFamily inside your Style statements:

FrameLabel -> {Style["x axis", 15],
  Style["probability", 15, FontFamily -> "Courier"]}

Or you could change the magnification of the notebook to something larger, which will often fix the problem.

Karl Isensee

Technical Support

Wolfram Research, Inc.


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