Organizing Data Using a Bar Graph

A bar graph is useful in comparing something across multiple groups. Bar graphs are also useful in tracking discrete event changes over time.

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Bar graph is pictorial representation of numerical data by bars (Rectangles).


Let us represent the below data using bar graph.

Names Arnold Kim Sam Jack Robin Jane Carole Jessie John
Scores 90 64 30 100 20 76 68 55 49

Bar Graph:

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The following information was collected about student's favorite activities or pass times.

Favorite Activity Chess Soccer Rugby Basketball
Number of students 15 45 20 25

This can be shown in a bar graph, as follows.

             Bar Graphs

From the graph, we can see that most students like to play soccer, and then basketball, then rugby, and the least is chess.

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