"Chris Browne" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:

>  - Any columns marked "unique" could keep to having somewhat smaller
>    numbers of bins in the histogram because we know that uniqueness
>    will keep values dispersed at least somewhat.

I think you're on the wrong track. It's not dispersal that's significant but
how evenly the values are dispersed. If the values are evenly spread
throughout the region from low to high bound then we just need the single
bucket telling us the low and high bound and how many values there are. If
they're unevenly distributed then we need enough buckets to be able to
distinguish the dense areas from the sparse areas.

Perhaps something like starting with 1 bucket, splitting it into 2, seeing if
the distributions are similar in which case we stop. If not repeat for each

  Gregory Stark
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