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Variations of Box Plots

Robert McGill, John W. Tukey and Wayne A. Larsen
The American Statistician
Vol. 32, No. 1 (Feb., 1978), pp. 12-16
DOI: 10.2307/2683468
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2683468
Page Count: 5
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Variations of Box Plots
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Abstract

Box plots display batches of data. Five values from a set of data are conventionally used; the extremes, the upper and lower hinges (quartiles), and the median. Such plots are becoming a widely used tool in exploratory data analysis and in preparing visual summaries for statisticians and nonstatisticians alike. Three variants of the basic display, devised by the authors, are described. The first visually incorporates a measure of group size; the second incorporates an indication of rough significance of differences between medians; the third combines the features of the first two. These techniques are displayed by examples.

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