
StemandLeaf Plots: Examples (page 2 of 2)
First, I'll reorder this list: 5.8, 5.9,
6.1, 6.2, 6.8, These values have one decimal place, but the stemandleaf plot makes no accomodation for this. The stemandleaf plot only looks at the last digit (for the leaves) and all the digits before (for the stem). So I'll have to put a "key" or legend on this plot to show what I mean by the numbers in this plot. The ones digits will be the stem values, and the tenths will be the leaves. Properly, every stemandleaf plot should have a key.
Economics 101: 9,
13, 14, 15, 16, 16, 17, 19,
20, 21, 21, 22, 25, 25, 26 This example has two lists of values. Since the values are similar, I can plot them all on one stemandleaf plot by drawing leaves on either side of the stem. I will use the tens digits as the stem values, and the ones digits as the leaves. Since "9" (in the Econ 101 list) has no tens digit, the stem value will be "0". Copyright © Elizabeth Stapel 20042011 All Rights Reserved
100, 110,
120, 130, 130, 150, 160, 170,
170, 190, Since all the ones digits are zeroes, I'll do this plot with the hundreds digits being the stem values and the tens digits being the leaves. I can do the plot like this: ...but the leaves are fairly long this way, because the values are so close together. To spread the values out a bit, I can break each leaf into two. For instance, the leaf for the twohundreds class can be split into two classes, being the numbers between 200 and 240 and the numbers between 250 and 290. I can also reverse the order, so the smaller values are at the bottom of the "stem". The new plot looks like this: For very compact data points, you can even split the leaves into five classes, like this:
23.25, 24.13, 24.76, 24.81, 24.98, 25.31, 25.57, 25.89, 26.28, 26.34, 27.09 If I try to use the last digit, the hundredths digit, for these numbers, the stemandleaf plot will be enormously long, because these values are so spread out. (With the numbers' first three digits ranging from 232 to 270, I'd have thirtynine leaves, most of which would be empty.) So instead of working with the given numbers, I'll round each of the numbers to the nearest tenth, and then use those new values for my plot. Rounding gives me the following list: 23.3, 24.1, 24.8, 24.8, 25.0, 25.3, 25.6, 25.9, 26.3, 26.3, 27.1 Then my plot looks like this:
Naturally, when you're drawing a stemandleaf plot, you should use a ruler to construct a neat table, and you should label everything clearly. << Previous Top  1  2  Return to Index


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