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    Question Sturges' Formula




    How can I prove Sturges' formula for determining number of classes in frequency distribution? k=Log2n+1 (n=number of data, k=number of classes)

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    Re: Sturges' Formula

    What do you want to prove?
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    Re: Sturges' Formula

    I wrote, k=log n+1 (log base is 2)

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    Re: Sturges' Formula

    You'll need to be more specific. Sturges' Formula isn't a theorem - it's a rule for how many bins to use. It may or may not give the "optimal" number of bins (for some measure of optimal) depending on the actual underlying data. But we aren't mind readers so you'll have to be more specific.
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    Re: Sturges' Formula

    Not sure why OP suddenly interested in this topic, but as always you may first try to find out the original paper first:

    The Choice of a Class Interval

    http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.230...21102671800931

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    Re: Sturges' Formula


    Oooo, that is an old paper. Those are fun sometimes since they seem to be straight to the point. Yes, BGM has a good point on finding the source document. I am sure there are also numerous comparison papers between methods that illustrate the pros and cons.
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