### A comparison of automatic histogram constructions

Even for a well-trained statistician the construction of a histogram for a given real-valued data set is a difficult problem. It is even more difficult to construct a fully automatic procedure which specifies the number and widths of the bins in a satisfactory manner for a wide range of data sets. In this paper we compare several histogram construction procedures by means of a simulation study. The study includes plug-in methods, cross-validation, penalized maximum likelihood and the taut string...