What Is a Stem-and-Leaf Plot?


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A stem-and-leaf plot is a method for visualizing data in which the tens digits of the data points are written in a column and the ones digits are written in rows next to them. The tens digits form the stem, and the ones digits are the leaves.

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For data values in the hundreds or thousands, the largest digit is put in the stem with the remaining digits are put in the leaves. A stem-and-leaf plot is similar to a histogram but contains the exact value of every data point. Stem-and-leaf plots are therefore useful for determining common statistical metrics such as the mode and median.

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