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Displaying frequency polygons in Excel (Statistics)

  1. #1
    Maxiem
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    Displaying frequency polygons in Excel (Statistics)

    If I would like to compare two sets of data and display using as a frequency
    polygon, can I do that in Excel. I tried using scatter charts and line chart,
    but it puts the data on the Y axis, and I want it to be on the X-axis. Is
    there a way to define what I want displayed on the X and Y axes incrementally
    without it automatically numbering these axes automatically in Excel?

  2. #2
    Michael R Middleton
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    Re: Displaying frequency polygons in Excel (Statistics)

    Maxiem -

    An XY (Scatter) chart type uses numerical values for both axes.

    The Line chart type uses category labels on the X axis (equally spaced) and
    numerical values on the Y axis.

    If you use an XY (Scatter) chart type to display two data series, where each
    data series has both X and Y values, you can change the individual data
    being displayed on the vertical and horizontal axes using Chart | Source
    Data | Series.

    - Mike

    www.mikemiddleton.com

    +++++++++++++++++++++++

    "Maxiem" <Maxiem@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:00C7ACB0-BFB4-46C6-83AF-93A47A3A4AF0@microsoft.com...
    > If I would like to compare two sets of data and display using as a
    > frequency
    > polygon, can I do that in Excel. I tried using scatter charts and line
    > chart,
    > but it puts the data on the Y axis, and I want it to be on the X-axis. Is
    > there a way to define what I want displayed on the X and Y axes
    > incrementally
    > without it automatically numbering these axes automatically in Excel?




  3. #3
    Maxiem
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    Re: Displaying frequency polygons in Excel (Statistics)

    Hi Mike,
    I actually figured this one out. I needed to have the data set up adjacent
    on the spreadsheet and select all of it to get the proper ranges that I was
    looking for using the scatterplot graph. I do have one other question though.
    My data range is ok now, with 69.5, 89.5, 109.5, 149.5, 169.5, 189.5 on the
    X-axis. I had to go into Format Axis and change the min and max to 69.5 and
    189.5 and then change the major unit to 20 for them all to display as I
    wanted them to. However, for some reason the first two showed as 69.5, 89.5
    and then the rest rounded up to 110, 150, etc. I somehow got it back the way
    I wanted it, but is there a setting to change so that it doesn't round like
    that when I want to show the specific class boundaries? Let me know. Thanks.

    Maxiem

    "Michael R Middleton" wrote:

    > Maxiem -
    >
    > An XY (Scatter) chart type uses numerical values for both axes.
    >
    > The Line chart type uses category labels on the X axis (equally spaced) and
    > numerical values on the Y axis.
    >
    > If you use an XY (Scatter) chart type to display two data series, where each
    > data series has both X and Y values, you can change the individual data
    > being displayed on the vertical and horizontal axes using Chart | Source
    > Data | Series.
    >
    > - Mike
    >
    > www.mikemiddleton.com
    >
    > +++++++++++++++++++++++
    >
    > "Maxiem" <Maxiem@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:00C7ACB0-BFB4-46C6-83AF-93A47A3A4AF0@microsoft.com...
    > > If I would like to compare two sets of data and display using as a
    > > frequency
    > > polygon, can I do that in Excel. I tried using scatter charts and line
    > > chart,
    > > but it puts the data on the Y axis, and I want it to be on the X-axis. Is
    > > there a way to define what I want displayed on the X and Y axes
    > > incrementally
    > > without it automatically numbering these axes automatically in Excel?

    >
    >
    >


  4. #4
    Michael R Middleton
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    Re: Displaying frequency polygons in Excel (Statistics)

    Maxiem -

    Regarding "the first two showed as 69.5, 89.5 and then the rest rounded up
    to 110, 150, etc," for an XY (Scatter) chart type, I think the same number
    formating (using Format Axis | Number | Linked To Source) applies to all
    value labels on the X axis, so this appearance could not happen. For the
    Line chart type, the X axis uses the text format of the values on the sheet,
    so different number formats would be possible. I think.

    - Mike

    +++++++++++++++++++++++

    "Maxiem" <Maxiem@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:05570F54-B842-4B80-A58E-995B3A21CF6E@microsoft.com...
    > Hi Mike,
    > I actually figured this one out. I needed to have the data set up adjacent
    > on the spreadsheet and select all of it to get the proper ranges that I
    > was
    > looking for using the scatterplot graph. I do have one other question
    > though.
    > My data range is ok now, with 69.5, 89.5, 109.5, 149.5, 169.5, 189.5 on
    > the
    > X-axis. I had to go into Format Axis and change the min and max to 69.5
    > and
    > 189.5 and then change the major unit to 20 for them all to display as I
    > wanted them to. However, for some reason the first two showed as 69.5,
    > 89.5
    > and then the rest rounded up to 110, 150, etc. I somehow got it back the
    > way
    > I wanted it, but is there a setting to change so that it doesn't round
    > like
    > that when I want to show the specific class boundaries? Let me know.
    > Thanks.
    >
    > Maxiem
    >
    > "Michael R Middleton" wrote:
    >
    >> Maxiem -
    >>
    >> An XY (Scatter) chart type uses numerical values for both axes.
    >>
    >> The Line chart type uses category labels on the X axis (equally spaced)
    >> and
    >> numerical values on the Y axis.
    >>
    >> If you use an XY (Scatter) chart type to display two data series, where
    >> each
    >> data series has both X and Y values, you can change the individual data
    >> being displayed on the vertical and horizontal axes using Chart | Source
    >> Data | Series.
    >>
    >> - Mike
    >>
    >> www.mikemiddleton.com
    >>
    >> +++++++++++++++++++++++
    >>
    >> "Maxiem" <Maxiem@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> news:00C7ACB0-BFB4-46C6-83AF-93A47A3A4AF0@microsoft.com...
    >> > If I would like to compare two sets of data and display using as a
    >> > frequency
    >> > polygon, can I do that in Excel. I tried using scatter charts and line
    >> > chart,
    >> > but it puts the data on the Y axis, and I want it to be on the X-axis.
    >> > Is
    >> > there a way to define what I want displayed on the X and Y axes
    >> > incrementally
    >> > without it automatically numbering these axes automatically in Excel?




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