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Re: More flexibility in placement of ChartLegend

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  • From: "David Park" <djmpark at>
  • Date: Thu, 8 Jul 2010 07:41:13 -0400 (EDT)

data1 = RandomReal[NormalDistribution[0, 1], 500]; 
data2 = RandomReal[NormalDistribution[3, 1/2], 500]; 

color1 = RGBColor[0.2472`, 0.24`, 0.6`]; 
color2 = RGBColor[0.6`, 0.24`, 0.4428931686004542`]; 

 Histogram[{data1, data2}],
 {{{Directive[Opacity[.7, color1]], "data 1"},
   {Directive[Opacity[.7, color2]], "data 2"}},
  LegendPosition -> {-0.8, 0.3},
  LegendSize -> {0.7, 0.2},
  LegendTextOffset -> {-0.6, 0},
  LegendSpacing -> 0.6}] 

And using Presentations, or Epilog, you could also construct your own custom
legend by drawing small rectangles and text directly on the plot.

David Park
djmpark at  

From: Michael A. Gilchrist [mailto:mikeg at] 


I've been working with the Histogram[] function and want to include a legend. 
According to Mathematica's mystical ways the option Legend does not work with 
Histogram[]. Instead one needs to use a ChartLegend which has a different 
syntax and only a few options for placement (Top, Bottom, Center).

My question: "Is there an easy way to finely control the placement of a legend 
in Histogram[]?"

I've spent a couple of hours messing aroudn with Legend[], Inset[], Show[], 
ShowLegend[] and Graphics[], but to no avail. Any insights or suggestions 
would be welcome.

Thanks in advance.


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