So, I guess the question is does anyone know any neat tricks
> to get this to work?
Ask you friendly neighborhood developer to support this in the hist
There are a few ways to go here.
1) hist takes an option kwarg n=None which is len(bins) and gives the
counts. If n is not None, use it rather than calling mlab.hist.
In this case, the user would be obliged to pass bins as a sequence
rather than an int. If n is None, call mlab.hist
2) hist takes an optional kwarg func=None. If func is None use
mlab.hist, otherwise call n,bins = func(x, bins, normed); ie func
has the same signature as mlab.hist.
3) matplotlib.axes.Axes.hist (which the matlab interface function
wraps) is just a 5 line function, and one of those lines is calling
mlab.hist - take a look at the src code in axes.py. Once you have
your n, bins from your custom function, you can call bar, just as
hist does. Ie it's so easy to plot a histogram using bar that you
may not need to bother with altering the matplotlib.matlab hist.
I'm happy with any of these. Suggestions welcome.