Histogram with two axes

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Felix Müller
Felix Müller on 22 Nov 2021
Commented: Felix Müller on 23 Nov 2021
I want to add an axis to my histogram plot, I want the left one to be the absolute axis and the right one to be relative. I know how to plot those individually:
h = histogram(data);
h = histogram(data, 'Normalization', 'probability');
But I want to combine them. All approaches I found for using two axes assume I want two different things plotted, but I want one plot and only add the corresponding axis.

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Benjamin Kraus
Benjamin Kraus on 22 Nov 2021
If I understand correctly, you want two y-axes: one with the real numbers and another with relative values.
There is no built-in way to do this, but it can be done with the yyaxis command, and some manual code to synchronize the axes. Note that using this approach, it is up to you to make sure the left and right say in-sync with each other. You do this by setting the limits on the right based on the limits on the left.
data = randn(1000,1);
yyaxis left
h = histogram(data);
leftLim = ylim; % Query the left limits
yyaxis right
scaleFactor = numel(data);
ylim(leftLim/scaleFactor); % Set the right limits
Felix Müller
Felix Müller on 23 Nov 2021
Thanks a lot! For me the first approach is enough because I only produce and save the pictures and don't scroll them, but thanks for the advanced approach as well!

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