How to know the equation of a curve fitted to histogram

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Abhiram B R
Abhiram B R on 13 Jan 2022
Edited: Adam Danz on 13 Jan 2022
Hi matlab users,
I have plotted a histogram in matlab and then used
histfit(pair_dist,9,'kernel')
command to fit a curve to the histogram. Now i need to find the equation of curve fitted with this histogram. Can anyone suggest a way to find out this?

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Adam Danz
Adam Danz on 13 Jan 2022
Edited: Adam Danz on 13 Jan 2022
The output of histfit is a vector of handles, one of which is a line object containing the x/y values for the curve. You could fit those line values to a gaussian function to get the fit parameters. Update: if you're using "kernel", that's a nonparametric kernel-smoothing distribution where the density is evaluated at 100 equally spaced points that cover the range of the data so it has no parameters to fit.
Alternatively, you could use fitdist instead of histfit to fit the distribution and return the fit parameters. These two methods are compared in this answer.
y = randn(1,1000)+6.2*9.8;
h = histfit(y);
lineobj = findobj(h,'type','line');
gx = lineobj.XData;
gy = lineobj.YData;
f = fit(lineobj.XData',lineobj.YData','gauss1')
f =
General model Gauss1: f(x) = a1*exp(-((x-b1)/c1)^2) Coefficients (with 95% confidence bounds): a1 = 93.96 (93.96, 93.96) b1 = 60.79 (60.79, 60.79) c1 = 1.459 (1.459, 1.459)
% Now plot the fitted line again see that it's the same
hold on
plot(f,'g-')

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