I spent far too much time today figuring out how to put numbers in bar graphs. i.e. how to transform this:
When reading papers, I often wish numbers were included like this, and so resolved a while ago to always do so myself. Plotting the numbers allows someone else to replot them when doing some sort of a comparison. (With out needing to implement your algorithm, or ask you for your doubtlessly long-lost data, or (ugh) physically measuring the lengths of your bars.) However, now seeing how tedious this can be, I understand why it is rarely done.
In any case, I wrote a function add_bar_nums.m that you can run after doing a bar plot that will add the numbers like above. There are options for rotating the text, changing the display format, etc.