Consider the following plot:

CDFforPoisson[u_] = x /. Solve[Exp[-x/0.01] == u, x][[1]];
DistrData = CDFforPoisson@RandomReal[{0, 1}, 10^6];
Histogram[{DistrData}, 100, "ProbabilityDensity", Frame -> True, 
 ChartStyle -> {Opacity[.25, Red], Opacity[.25, Blue], 
   Opacity[.25, Darker@Green]}, FrameStyle -> Directive[Black, 18], 
 ScalingFunctions -> {"Log", "Log"}, ImageSize -> Large, 
 PlotRange -> {{0.0001, 0.03}, All}, 
 FrameLabel -> {"\!\(\*SubscriptBox[\(l\), \(\(displ\)\(.\)\)]\) \
[mm]", "Fraction"}, 
 PlotLabel -> 
  Style[Row[{"\!\(\*SubscriptBox[\(l\), \(decay\)]\) = 0.01 mm"}], 18,
    Black], ChartLegends -> Placed[{"Before IP"}, {0.2, 0.9}]]

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It has two problems: small font of legends, and a bin going out of the plot frame (on the right). Could you please tell me how to adjust the font of the legend, and how to avoid the frame problem?

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    $\begingroup$ For the legend size try e.g. Placed[{Style["Before IP", 16]}, ...] where 16 is the font size. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 1, 2022 at 15:04
  • $\begingroup$ How is CDFforPoisson related to a Poisson distribution? The only thing I can come up with is that CDFforPoisson[u] gives one-hundredth of the mean of a Poisson distribution whose probability of obtaining zero is u. Also, Solve is not necessary as the result is - Log[u]/100. $\endgroup$
    – JimB
    Commented Nov 1, 2022 at 17:43

2 Answers 2

  1. Using PlotRangePadding, space can be created around the histogram.
  2. Using LegendMarkerSize for a SwatchLegend, the size of the legend can be changed. You can also use Style as has been suggested without altering your code much.

Histogram[{DistrData}, 100, "ProbabilityDensity"
 , Frame -> True
 , ChartStyle -> {
   Opacity[.25, Red]
   , Opacity[.25, Blue]
   , Opacity[.25, Darker@Green]
 , FrameStyle -> Directive[Black, 18]
 , ScalingFunctions -> {"Log", "Log"}, ImageSize -> Large
 , PlotRange -> {{0.0001, 0.03}, All}
 , PlotRangePadding -> {{2, 0.1}, {2, 0.1}}
 , FrameLabel -> {"\!\(\*SubscriptBox[\(l\), \(\(displ\)\(.\)\)]\) \
[mm]", "Fraction"}, 
 PlotLabel -> 
  Style[Row[{"\!\(\*SubscriptBox[\(l\), \(decay\)]\) = 0.01 mm"}], 18,
 ChartLegends -> 
  Placed[SwatchLegend[{Directive[Opacity[0.25], Red]}, {"Before IP"}
    , LegendMarkerSize -> 30], {0.2, 0.9}]

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I'm not understanding the use of the term "CDF" in the function CDFforPoisson as the equation being Solved is related to the probability of a zero for a Poisson distribution and it doesn't need Solve in that CDFforPoisson could be written as


If u has a uniform distribution, then the pdf of $-\log(u)/100$ is known and no random samples are necessary:

dist = TransformedDistribution[-Log[u]/100, u \[Distributed] UniformDistribution[{0, 1}]]
(* ExponentialDistribution[100] *)
PDF[dist, x]

PDF of exponential distribution with parameter = 100

I'm not seeing the need to use a log scale for either horizontal or vertical axis. Also, the vertical axis represents the "probability density" which is not a "Fraction" (or a percentage) as labeled.

Am I totally not understanding the question?


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