Histograms As A Tool To Describe Data

All About Histograms

Formative Assessment

Summary of the Math: All About Histograms

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  • Unlike with line plots, measures of center and spread cannot be found by looking at a histogram, because individual data values are not shown. The number of data points in a histogram can be found by adding the frequencies of the bins.
  • To make a histogram, you have to choose a bin width. You can choose a bin width based on where the data are distributed (so that the shape of the data is clear), or to organize the data in a logical way (such as by 10s or 5s).


Can you:

  • Explain what a histogram is?
  • Make a histogram?
  • Describe the type of data that a histogram is most useful for representing?
  • Compare line plots and histograms?