Descriptive Statistics: Charts, Graphs and Plots > Types of Graphs
Common Types of Graphs
Contents (click to skip to the section):
Segmented Bar Graph
Box and Whiskers Graph (also called a Box Plot)
Frequency Graph (Frequency Table)
Cumulative Frequency Table
Relative Frequency Histogram
Types of Graphs: Bar Graphs
A bar graph is a type of chart that has bars showing different categories and the amounts in each category.
See: Bar Graph Examples
This type of graph is a type of bar chart that is stacked, and where the bars show 100 percent of the discrete value.
See: Segmented Bar Chart, What is it?
Types of Graphs: Box and Whiskers (Boxplots)
Types of Graphs: Frequency Distributions
Although technically not what most people would call a graph, it is a basic way to show how data is spread out.
See: Frequency Distribution Table.
Types of Graphs: Histogram
A way to display data counts with data organized into bins.
Types of Graphs: Line Graphs
A graph that shows a line; usually with an equation. Can be straight or curved lines.
See: Line Graph
A time plot is similar to a line graph. However, it always plots time on the x-axis.
Types of Graphs: Pie Graphs
As the name suggested, these types of graph look like pies.
See: Pie Chart: What is it used for?
Types of Graphs: Scatter Graphs
These charts use dots to plot data points. the dots are “scattered” across the page.
See: Scatter plot.
Types of Graphs: Stemplots
Stemplots help you to visualize all of the individual elements of a data set.
See: Stemplot: What is it?
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