Bin Transform

The bin transform discretizes numeric values into a set of bins. A common use case is to create a histogram.

Transform Parameters

Property Type Description
field Field Required. The data field to bin.
extent Number[ ] Required. A two-element array with the minimum and maximum values of the bin range.
interval String A boolean flag (default true) indicating if the transform should output both the start and end bin values. If false, only the starting (floored) bin value is written to the output. ≥ 5.8
anchor Number A value in the binned domain at which to anchor the bins, shifting the bin boundaries if necessary to ensure that a boundary aligns with the anchor value. By default, the minimum bin extent value serves as the anchor.
maxbins Number The maximum number of bins (default 20). There will often be fewer bins as the domain gets sliced at “nicely” rounded values.
base Number The number base to use for automatic bin determination (default 10).
step Number An exact step size to use between bins. If provided, options such as maxbins will be ignored.
steps Number[ ] An array of allowable step sizes to choose from.
span Number The value span over which to generate bin boundaries. The default is extent[1] - extent[0]. This parameter allows automatic step size determination over custom spans (for example, a zoomed-in region) while retaining the overall extent. ≥ 5.6
minstep Number The minimum allowed bin step size (default 0).
divide Number[ ] Allowable bin step sub-divisions. The default value is [5, 2], which indicates that for base 10 numbers (the default base) automatic bin determination can consider dividing bin step sizes by 5 and/or 2.
nice Boolean If true (the default), attempts to make the bin boundaries use human-friendly boundaries, such as multiples of ten.
signal String If defined, binds the computed binning specification (an object with start, stop and step properties) to a signal with the given name.
as String[ ] The output fields at which to write the start and end bin values. The default is ["bin0", "bin1"].


This example will bin values in the amount field into one of 5 bins between 0 and 10.

{"type": "bin", "field": "amount", "extent": [0, 10], "maxbins": 5}

Given the input data

  {"amount": 3.7},
  {"amount": 6.2},
  {"amount": 5.9},
  {"amount": 8}

the bin transform produces the output

  {"amount": 3.7, "bin0": 2, "bin1": 4},
  {"amount": 6.2, "bin0": 6, "bin1": 8},
  {"amount": 5.9, "bin0": 4, "bin1": 6},
  {"amount": 8, "bin0": 8, "bin1": 10}