# Unable to get a normalized density plot!

Hi, I am trying to get the density plot of a data set. I am using the `StatsPlots` package for this. My code looks like this `density(data, fill=(0, 0.5), normalize=true)`. But I still don’t get a normalized plot. I wonder what’s wrong?

I think there is a misconception on the notion of normalization. Density plots can sometimes exceed 1

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Looks pretty normalized to me. It’s a density after all, which should integrate to 1.

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``````julia> (0.0145 - 0.012)*400
1.0000000000000002
``````
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You are right, I framed the question amiss! Actually what I want is this plot to look like a probability density function.

But it does!

Are you maybe trying to plot the probabilities to be in the finite intervals [x,x+\Delta x], [x+\Delta x,x+2\Delta x] and so on for some finite \Delta x?
In that case, fit a histogram and normalize it to probability:

``````import LinearAlgebra: normalize

hist = normalize(fit(Histogram, data), mode=:probability)
plot(hist)
``````
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Well sort of, I just wanted my y-axis to look like probabilities, ie, less than one.

This works, although I was hoping if I could get a smooth pdf like plot, like above, and not histograms.
I tried this:

``````w = hist.weights
e = hist.edges
x = [(e[i]+e[i+1])/2 for i in 1:length(e)-1];
plot(x, w, fill=(0,0.5))
``````

But this doesn’t look smooth: Why? It may superficially look like a probability, but it won’t be. What would it be normalized to? The maximum?
There is really nothing wrong with a PDF becoming larger than one. It’s expected. If that give you or your audience pause, I advise to first go and get comfortable with that. I apologize if that last sentence comes of as condescending. It is not meant to be.

Ultimately, the absolute value of a PDF isn’t very interesting. If what you want is to show the shape of the distribution, consider not putting ticks on the y-axis in the first place.

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Thanks got it!