Descriptive statistics - Graphical methods

Statistical communication to interested persons can be accomplished through words, tables, and graphics (including diagrams, pictures, charts, and illustrations).

Graphics have the advantage that they convey critical information to the manager in a simplified visual form.

Graphical methods include:

1. Bar graph
2. Pie charts
3. Stem-and-leaf plots
4. Scattered diagrams
5. Box plot
6. Time series plots
7. other

(see images for examples)


Anderson, D.R., D.J. Sweeny, and T.A. Williams (1999): Statistics for Business and Economics. South--Western.

du Toit, S.H.C., A.G.W. Steyn (1986): Graphical Exploratory Data Analysis. Springer-Verlag.