Density estimation

Histograms and Density Estimation

Histograms are probably one the most intuitive ways of performing density estimation in numerical data. In this writeup, I discuss some of their deeper meanings and properties, as I try to digest Wayne Oldford’s excellent lecture on the subject. In particular, we look at how well one can expect to approximate an underlying density as one has access to more samples and utilizes narrower bins. We then discuss a form of histogram that is much less sensitive to the location of bin boundaries, called an Average Shifted Histogram [1].