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2.1 Stem-and-Leaf Graphs (Stemplots), Line Graphs, and Bar Graphs

Statistics2.1 Stem-and-Leaf Graphs (Stemplots), Line Graphs, and Bar Graphs
  1. Preface
  2. 1 Sampling and Data
    1. Introduction
    2. 1.1 Definitions of Statistics, Probability, and Key Terms
    3. 1.2 Data, Sampling, and Variation in Data and Sampling
    4. 1.3 Frequency, Frequency Tables, and Levels of Measurement
    5. 1.4 Experimental Design and Ethics
    6. 1.5 Data Collection Experiment
    7. 1.6 Sampling Experiment
    8. Key Terms
    9. Chapter Review
    10. Practice
    11. Homework
    12. Bringing It Together: Homework
    13. References
    14. Solutions
  3. 2 Descriptive Statistics
    1. Introduction
    2. 2.1 Stem-and-Leaf Graphs (Stemplots), Line Graphs, and Bar Graphs
    3. 2.2 Histograms, Frequency Polygons, and Time Series Graphs
    4. 2.3 Measures of the Location of the Data
    5. 2.4 Box Plots
    6. 2.5 Measures of the Center of the Data
    7. 2.6 Skewness and the Mean, Median, and Mode
    8. 2.7 Measures of the Spread of the Data
    9. 2.8 Descriptive Statistics
    10. Key Terms
    11. Chapter Review
    12. Formula Review
    13. Practice
    14. Homework
    15. Bringing It Together: Homework
    16. References
    17. Solutions
  4. 3 Probability Topics
    1. Introduction
    2. 3.1 Terminology
    3. 3.2 Independent and Mutually Exclusive Events
    4. 3.3 Two Basic Rules of Probability
    5. 3.4 Contingency Tables
    6. 3.5 Tree and Venn Diagrams
    7. 3.6 Probability Topics
    8. Key Terms
    9. Chapter Review
    10. Formula Review
    11. Practice
    12. Bringing It Together: Practice
    13. Homework
    14. Bringing It Together: Homework
    15. References
    16. Solutions
  5. 4 Discrete Random Variables
    1. Introduction
    2. 4.1 Probability Distribution Function (PDF) for a Discrete Random Variable
    3. 4.2 Mean or Expected Value and Standard Deviation
    4. 4.3 Binomial Distribution (Optional)
    5. 4.4 Geometric Distribution (Optional)
    6. 4.5 Hypergeometric Distribution (Optional)
    7. 4.6 Poisson Distribution (Optional)
    8. 4.7 Discrete Distribution (Playing Card Experiment)
    9. 4.8 Discrete Distribution (Lucky Dice Experiment)
    10. Key Terms
    11. Chapter Review
    12. Formula Review
    13. Practice
    14. Homework
    15. References
    16. Solutions
  6. 5 Continuous Random Variables
    1. Introduction
    2. 5.1 Continuous Probability Functions
    3. 5.2 The Uniform Distribution
    4. 5.3 The Exponential Distribution (Optional)
    5. 5.4 Continuous Distribution
    6. Key Terms
    7. Chapter Review
    8. Formula Review
    9. Practice
    10. Homework
    11. References
    12. Solutions
  7. 6 The Normal Distribution
    1. Introduction
    2. 6.1 The Standard Normal Distribution
    3. 6.2 Using the Normal Distribution
    4. 6.3 Normal Distribution—Lap Times
    5. 6.4 Normal Distribution—Pinkie Length
    6. Key Terms
    7. Chapter Review
    8. Formula Review
    9. Practice
    10. Homework
    11. References
    12. Solutions
  8. 7 The Central Limit Theorem
    1. Introduction
    2. 7.1 The Central Limit Theorem for Sample Means (Averages)
    3. 7.2 The Central Limit Theorem for Sums (Optional)
    4. 7.3 Using the Central Limit Theorem
    5. 7.4 Central Limit Theorem (Pocket Change)
    6. 7.5 Central Limit Theorem (Cookie Recipes)
    7. Key Terms
    8. Chapter Review
    9. Formula Review
    10. Practice
    11. Homework
    12. References
    13. Solutions
  9. 8 Confidence Intervals
    1. Introduction
    2. 8.1 A Single Population Mean Using the Normal Distribution
    3. 8.2 A Single Population Mean Using the Student's t-Distribution
    4. 8.3 A Population Proportion
    5. 8.4 Confidence Interval (Home Costs)
    6. 8.5 Confidence Interval (Place of Birth)
    7. 8.6 Confidence Interval (Women's Heights)
    8. Key Terms
    9. Chapter Review
    10. Formula Review
    11. Practice
    12. Homework
    13. References
    14. Solutions
  10. 9 Hypothesis Testing with One Sample
    1. Introduction
    2. 9.1 Null and Alternative Hypotheses
    3. 9.2 Outcomes and the Type I and Type II Errors
    4. 9.3 Distribution Needed for Hypothesis Testing
    5. 9.4 Rare Events, the Sample, and the Decision and Conclusion
    6. 9.5 Additional Information and Full Hypothesis Test Examples
    7. 9.6 Hypothesis Testing of a Single Mean and Single Proportion
    8. Key Terms
    9. Chapter Review
    10. Formula Review
    11. Practice
    12. Homework
    13. References
    14. Solutions
  11. 10 Hypothesis Testing with Two Samples
    1. Introduction
    2. 10.1 Two Population Means with Unknown Standard Deviations
    3. 10.2 Two Population Means with Known Standard Deviations
    4. 10.3 Comparing Two Independent Population Proportions
    5. 10.4 Matched or Paired Samples (Optional)
    6. 10.5 Hypothesis Testing for Two Means and Two Proportions
    7. Key Terms
    8. Chapter Review
    9. Formula Review
    10. Practice
    11. Homework
    12. Bringing It Together: Homework
    13. References
    14. Solutions
  12. 11 The Chi-Square Distribution
    1. Introduction
    2. 11.1 Facts About the Chi-Square Distribution
    3. 11.2 Goodness-of-Fit Test
    4. 11.3 Test of Independence
    5. 11.4 Test for Homogeneity
    6. 11.5 Comparison of the Chi-Square Tests
    7. 11.6 Test of a Single Variance
    8. 11.7 Lab 1: Chi-Square Goodness-of-Fit
    9. 11.8 Lab 2: Chi-Square Test of Independence
    10. Key Terms
    11. Chapter Review
    12. Formula Review
    13. Practice
    14. Homework
    15. Bringing It Together: Homework
    16. References
    17. Solutions
  13. 12 Linear Regression and Correlation
    1. Introduction
    2. 12.1 Linear Equations
    3. 12.2 The Regression Equation
    4. 12.3 Testing the Significance of the Correlation Coefficient (Optional)
    5. 12.4 Prediction (Optional)
    6. 12.5 Outliers
    7. 12.6 Regression (Distance from School) (Optional)
    8. 12.7 Regression (Textbook Cost) (Optional)
    9. 12.8 Regression (Fuel Efficiency) (Optional)
    10. Key Terms
    11. Chapter Review
    12. Formula Review
    13. Practice
    14. Homework
    15. Bringing It Together: Homework
    16. References
    17. Solutions
  14. 13 F Distribution and One-way Anova
    1. Introduction
    2. 13.1 One-Way ANOVA
    3. 13.2 The F Distribution and the F Ratio
    4. 13.3 Facts About the F Distribution
    5. 13.4 Test of Two Variances
    6. 13.5 Lab: One-Way ANOVA
    7. Key Terms
    8. Chapter Review
    9. Formula Review
    10. Practice
    11. Homework
    12. References
    13. Solutions
  15. A | Appendix A Review Exercises (Ch 3–13)
  16. B | Appendix B Practice Tests (1–4) and Final Exams
  17. C | Data Sets
  18. D | Group and Partner Projects
  19. E | Solution Sheets
  20. F | Mathematical Phrases, Symbols, and Formulas
  21. G | Notes for the TI-83, 83+, 84, 84+ Calculators
  22. H | Tables
  23. Index

One simple graph, the stem-and-leaf graph or stemplot, comes from the field of exploratory data analysis. It is a good choice when the data sets are small. To create the plot, divide each observation of data into a stem and a leaf. The stem consists of the leading digit(s), while the leaf consists of a final significant digit. For example, 23 has stem two and leaf three. The number 432 has stem 43 and leaf two. Likewise, the number 5,432 has stem 543 and leaf two. The decimal 9.3 has stem nine and leaf three. Write the stems in a vertical line from smallest to largest. Draw a vertical line to the right of the stems. Then write the leaves in increasing order next to their corresponding stem. Make sure the leaves show a space between values, so that the exact data values may be easily determined. The frequency of data values for each stem provides information about the shape of the distribution.

Example 2.1

For Susan Dean's spring precalculus class, scores for the first exam were as follows (smallest to largest):
33, 42, 49, 49, 53, 55, 55, 61, 63, 67, 68, 68, 69, 69, 72, 73, 74, 78, 80, 83, 88, 88, 88, 90, 92, 94, 94, 94, 94, 96, 100

Stem Leaf
33
42 9 9
53 5 5
61 3 7 8 8 9 9
72 3 4 8
80 3 8 8 8
90 2 4 4 4 4 6
100
Table 2.1 Stem-and-Leaf Graph

The stemplot shows that most scores fell in the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. Eight out of the 31 scores or approximately 26 percent ( 8 31 ) ( 8 31 ) were in the 90s or 100, a fairly high number of As.

Try It 2.1

For the Park City basketball team, scores for the last 30 games were as follows (smallest to largest):
32, 32, 33, 34, 38, 40, 42, 42, 43, 44, 46, 47, 47, 48, 48, 48, 49, 50, 50, 51, 52, 52, 52, 53, 54, 56, 57, 57, 60, 61
Construct a stemplot for the data.

The stemplot is a quick way to graph data and gives an exact picture of the data. You want to look for an overall pattern and any outliers. An outlier is an observation of data that does not fit the rest of the data. It is sometimes called an extreme value. When you graph an outlier, it will appear not to fit the pattern of the graph. Some outliers are due to mistakes, for example, writing 50 instead of 500, while others may indicate that something unusual is happening. It takes some background information to explain outliers, so we will cover them in more detail later.

Example 2.2

The data are the distances (in kilometers) from a home to local supermarkets. Create a stemplot using the data.
1.1, 1.5, 2.3, 2.5, 2.7, 3.2, 3.3, 3.3, 3.5, 3.8, 4.0, 4.2, 4.5, 4.5, 4.7, 4.8, 5.5, 5.6, 6.5, 6.7, 12.3

Do the data seem to have any concentration of values?

The leaves are to the right of the decimal.

Try It 2.2

The data below show the distances (in miles) from the homes of high school students to the school. Create a stemplot using the following data and identify any outliers.

0.5, 0.7, 1.1, 1.2, 1.2, 1.3, 1.3, 1.5, 1.5, 1.7, 1.7, 1.8, 1.9, 2.0, 2.2, 2.5, 2.6, 2.8, 2.8, 2.8, 3.5, 3.8, 4.4, 4.8, 4.9, 5.2, 5.5, 5.7, 5.8, 8.0

Example 2.3

A side-by-side stem-and-leaf plot allows a comparison of the two data sets in two columns. In a side-by-side stem-and-leaf plot, two sets of leaves share the same stem. The leaves are to the left and the right of the stems. Table 2.3 and Table 2.4 show the ages of presidents at their inauguration and at their death. Construct a side-by-side stem-and-leaf plot using these data.

PresidentAgePresidentAgePresidentAge
Washington57Lincoln52Hoover54
J. Adams61A. Johnson56F. Roosevelt51
Jefferson57Grant46Truman60
Madison57Hayes54Eisenhower62
Monroe58Garfield49Kennedy43
J. Q. Adams57Arthur51L. Johnson55
Jackson61Cleveland47Nixon56
Van Buren54B. Harrison55Ford61
W. H. Harrison68Cleveland55Carter52
Tyler51McKinley54Reagan69
Polk49T. Roosevelt42G.H.W. Bush64
Taylor64Taft51Clinton47
Fillmore50Wilson56G. W. Bush54
Pierce48Harding55Obama47
Buchanan65Coolidge51
Table 2.3 Presidential Ages at Inauguration
PresidentAgePresidentAgePresidentAge
Washington67Lincoln56Hoover90
J. Adams90A. Johnson66F. Roosevelt63
Jefferson83Grant63Truman88
Madison85Hayes70Eisenhower78
Monroe73Garfield49Kennedy46
J. Q. Adams80Arthur56L. Johnson64
Jackson78Cleveland71Nixon81
Van Buren79B. Harrison67Ford93
W. H. Harrison68Cleveland71Reagan93
Tyler71McKinley58
Polk53T. Roosevelt60
Taylor65Taft72
Fillmore74Wilson67
Pierce64Harding57
Buchanan77Coolidge60
Table 2.4 Presidential Age at Death
Try It 2.3

The table shows the number of wins and losses a sports team has had in 42 seasons. Create a side-by-side stem-and-leaf plot of these wins and losses.

Losses Wins Year Losses Wins Year
34 48 1968–1969 41 41 1989–1990
34 48 1969–1970 39 43 1990–1991
46 36 1970–1971 44 38 1991–1992
46 36 1971–1972 39 43 1992–1993
36 46 1972–1973 25 57 1993–1994
47 35 1973–1974 40 42 1994–1995
51 31 1974–1975 36 46 1995–1996
53 29 1975–1976 26 56 1996–1997
51 31 1976–1977 32 50 1997–1998
41 41 1977–1978 19 31 1998–1999
36 46 1978–1979 54 28 1999–2000
32 50 1979–1980 57 25 2000–2001
51 31 1980–1981 49 33 2001–2002
40 42 1981–1982 47 35 2002–2003
39 43 1982–1983 54 28 2003–2004
42 40 1983–1984 69 13 2004–2005
48 34 1984–1985 56 26 2005–2006
32 50 1985–1986 52 30 2006–2007
25 57 1986–1987 45 37 2007–2008
32 50 1987–1988 35 47 2008–2009
30 52 1988–1989 29 53 2009–2010
Table 2.6

Another type of graph that is useful for specific data values is a line graph. In the particular line graph shown in Example 2.4, the x-axis (horizontal axis) consists of data values and the y-axis (vertical axis) consists of frequency points. The frequency points are connected using line segments.

Example 2.4

In a survey, 40 mothers were asked how many times per week a teenager must be reminded to do his or her chores. The results are shown in Table 2.7 and in Figure 2.2.

Number of Times Teenager Is Reminded Frequency
02
15
28
314
47
54
Table 2.7
A line graph showing the number of times a teenager needs to be reminded to do chores on the x-axis and  frequency on the y-axis.
Figure 2.2
Try It 2.4

In a survey, 40 people were asked how many times per year they had their car in the shop for repairs. The results are shown in Table 2.8. Construct a line graph.

Number of Times in ShopFrequency
07
110
214
39
Table 2.8

Bar graphs consist of bars that are separated from each other. The bars can be rectangles, or they can be rectangular boxes, used in three-dimensional plots, and they can be vertical or horizontal. The bar graph shown in Example 2.5 has age-groups represented on the x-axis and proportions on the y-axis.

Example 2.5

By the end of 2011, a social media site had more than 146 million users in the United States. Table 2.9 shows three age-groups, the number of users in each age-group, and the proportion (percentage) of users in each age-group. Construct a bar graph using this data.

Age-Groups Number of Site Users Proportion (%) of Site Users
13–25 65,082,280 45%
26–44 53,300,200 36%
45–64 27,885,100 19%
Table 2.9
Try It 2.5

The population in Park City is made up of children, working-age adults, and retirees. Table 2.10 shows the three age-groups, the number of people in the town from each age-group, and the proportion (%) of people in each age-group. Construct a bar graph showing the proportions.

Age-GroupsNumber of PeopleProportion of Population
Children 67,059 19%
Working-age adults 152,198 43%
Retirees 131,662 38%
Table 2.10

Example 2.6

The columns in Table 2.11 contain the race or ethnicity of students in U.S. public schools for the class of 2011, percentages for the Advanced Placement (AP) examinee population for that class, and percentages for the overall student population. Create a bar graph with the student race or ethnicity (qualitative data) on the x-axis and the AP examinee population percentages on the y-axis.

Race/Ethnicity AP Examinee Population Overall Student Population
1 = Asian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander 10.3% 5.7%
2 = Black or African American 9.0% 14.7%
3 = Hispanic or Latino 17.0% 17.6%
4 = American Indian or Alaska Native 0.6% 1.1%
5 = White 57.1% 59.2%
6 = Not reported/other 6.0% 1.7%
Table 2.11
Try It 2.6

Park City is broken down into six voting districts. The table shows the percentage of the total registered voter population that lives in each district as well as the percentage of the entire population that lives in each district. Construct a bar graph that shows the registered voter population by district.

DistrictRegistered Voter PopulationOverall City Population
115.5%19.4%
212.2%15.6%
39.8%9.0%
417.4%18.5%
522.8%20.7%
622.3%16.8%
Table 2.12

Example 2.7

Table 2.13 is a two-way table showing the types of pets owned by men and women.

Dogs Cats Fish Total
Men 4 2 2 8
Women 4 6 2 12
Total 8 8 4 20
Table 2.13

Given these data, calculate the marginal distributions of pets for the people surveyed.

Example 2.8

Table 2.14 is a two-way table showing the types of pets owned by men and women.

Dogs Cats Fish Total
Men 4 2 2 8
Women 4 6 2 12
Total 8 8 4 20
Table 2.14

Given these data, calculate the conditional distributions for the subpopulation of men who own each pet type.

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