R ggplot2 Error: StatBin requires a continuous x variable: the x variable is discrete. Perhaps you want stat=”count”?

 

This article demonstrates how to handle the “Error: StatBin requires a continuous x variable: the x variable is discrete.Perhaps you want stat=”count”?” in the R programming language.

The tutorial contains the following information:

Let’s dig in…

 

Example Data & Packages

I’ll use the following data as basement for this R tutorial:

data <- data.frame(group = letters[1:5],      # Create example data
                   values = c(5, 3, 7, 1, 5))
data                                          # Print example data

 

table 1 data frame r error statbin requires continuous x variable

 

Table 1 shows that our exemplifying data contains five rows and two variables. The variable group has the character class and the variable values has the numeric class.

In order to plot our data with the ggplot2 package, we also need to install and load ggplot2:

install.packages("ggplot2")                   # Install ggplot2 package
library("ggplot2")                            # Load ggplot2 package

So far, so good – Let’s move on to the example codes!

 

Example 1: Reproduce the Error: StatBin requires a continuous x variable

In this example, I’ll show how to replicate the “Error: StatBin requires a continuous x variable: the x variable is discrete.Perhaps you want stat=”count”?”.

Suppose we want to draw our data in a graphic with bars. Then, we might try to create a ggplot2 histogram using the following R code:

ggplot(data, aes(x = group)) +                # geom_histogram does not work
  geom_histogram()
# Error: StatBin requires a continuous x variable: the x variable is discrete.Perhaps you want stat="count"?

Unfortunately, the RStudio console returns the “Error: StatBin requires a continuous x variable: the x variable is discrete.Perhaps you want stat=”count”?”.

The reason for this is that we cannot draw a histogram of a character of factor variable. Histograms are only suited for numerical data.

So how could we draw our data properly?

 

Example 2: Fix the Error: StatBin requires a continuous x variable

This example explains how to avoid the “Error: StatBin requires a continuous x variable: the x variable is discrete.Perhaps you want stat=”count”?”.

To do this, we could draw a barchart of our data instead of a histogram. Have a look at the following R code:

ggplot(data, aes(x = group, y = values)) +    # geom_bar works fine
  geom_bar(stat = "identity")

 

r graph figure 1 r error statbin requires continuous x variable

 

As shown in Figure 1, the previous R programming syntax has plotted a ggplot2 plot of our data without showing any error messages.

 

Video & Further Resources

Do you need further explanations on the R syntax of this article? Then I recommend watching the following video on my YouTube channel. I’m explaining the content of this article in the video:

 

The YouTube video will be added soon.

 

Furthermore, you might want to read the related articles on this website. I have published several tutorials already:

 

In summary: This tutorial has illustrated how to deal with the “Error: StatBin requires a continuous x variable: the x variable is discrete.Perhaps you want stat=”count”?” in the R programming language. Let me know in the comments, if you have further comments or questions.

 

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