Is there an easy (recommended) way to align regular plots (e.g. ListPlot or Plot) with chart type graphics (BarChart or DistributionChart)?

For example:

   DistributionChart[Table[RandomReal[NormalDistribution[i, .2], 1000], {i, 1, 10}]], 
   ListPlot[Range[1, 10]]

Not aligned!

I would like the points of the ListPlot to reside exactly on top of the DistributionChart elements. Furthermore, the coordinate positioning of chart elements seems to vary with the number of elements (which is ridiculous).

    DistributionChart[Table[RandomReal[NormalDistribution[i, .2], 1000], {i, 1, 3}]], 
    ListPlot[Range[1, 3]]

Not aligned 2

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    $\begingroup$ Are you sure you aren't doing something different? This is what I get (and a similar correct figure for the second case). Try doing it in a fresh kernel (and without custom options, if any) $\endgroup$
    – rm -rf
    Jul 9, 2012 at 19:18
  • $\begingroup$ @R.M I get the same as the OP. Version mismatch? $\endgroup$ Jul 9, 2012 at 19:22
  • $\begingroup$ I get the same output as @R.M (v Windows Vista 64 bit) $\endgroup$
    – kglr
    Jul 9, 2012 at 19:25
  • $\begingroup$ No, fresh kernel doesn't help. I plotted the diagrams with Mathematica on Mac OS X 10.7. Tried it on Windows with the same Mathematica version and get the same result. Which version are you using @R.M ? $\endgroup$ Jul 9, 2012 at 19:27
  • $\begingroup$ I get the same as R.M with Mathematica 8.0.4 for OS X. $\endgroup$
    – Heike
    Jul 9, 2012 at 19:40

1 Answer 1


Seems it is a problem localized to version 8.0.0. Here is a way to fix it by scaling your ListPlot using the FrameTicks of the DistributionChart.

k = DistributionChart[Table[RandomReal[NormalDistribution[i, .2], 100], {i, 1, 20}], 
         Method -> {"BoxWidth" -> "Fixed"}]; 
l = (Sort@((FrameTicks /. Options[k, "FrameTicks"])[[2, 1, All, 1]]))[[2 ;; -2]];
f = Interpolation[Transpose[{Range@Length@l, l}]];
Show[k, ListPlot[Table[{f@i, i}, {i, 15}], PlotStyle -> Directive[Red, PointSize[Large]]]]

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