Box-and-Whisker Plot

How to make a box-and-whisker plot (2 versions: from minimum to maximum, excluding outliers): 2 examples and their solutions.

Example 1

Example

Solution

A box-and-whisker plot shows
how the values of a data is distributed.

To draw a box-and-whisker plot,
first find the quartiles (Q1, Q2, Q3).

First find Q2.

Q2 is the median of the data:
[6 + 7]/2 = 6.5.

Next, see the values
on the left side of Q2.

Q1 is the median of these values:
this 5.

Next, see the values
on the right side of Q2.

Q3 is the median of these values:
this 7.

So Q1 = 5, Q2 = 6.5, Q3 = 7.

It says
the plot type is
from the minimum to the maximum.

The minimum value is 1.
The maximum value is 9.

Use these values
to draw a box-and-whisker plot.

The values are from 1 to 9.

So draw the horizontal axis
that covers from 0 to 10.

Point (min), Q1, Q2, Q3, and (max).

(min) = 1
Q1 = 5
Q2 = 6.5
Q3 = 7
(max) = 9

Draw the box
that passes through Q1, Q2, and Q3.

Draw a whisker between
(min) = 1 and the left side of the box.

Draw a whisker between
the right side of the box and (max) = 9.

So this is the box-and-whisker plot
of the given data.

Example 2

Example

Solution

To draw a box-and-whisker plot,
first find the quartiles (Q1, Q2, Q3).

First find Q2.

Q2 is the median of the data:
[6 + 7]/2 = 6.5.

Next, see the values
on the left side of Q2.

Q1 is the median of these values:
this 5.

Next, see the values
on the right side of Q2.

Q3 is the median of these values:
this 7.

So Q1 = 5, Q2 = 6.5, Q3 = 7.

It says
the plot type is
excluding outliers.

Then, find the IQR:
the interquartile range.

(IQR) = Q3 - Q1

Q3 = 7
Q1 = 5

So (IQR) = 7 - 5 = 2.

Find 1.5(IQR).

(IQR) = 2

So 1.5(IQR) = 1.5⋅2 = 3.

Let's draw the box-and-whisker plot.

The values are from 1 to 9.

So draw the horizontal axis
that covers from 0 to 10.

Point the quartiles Q1, Q2, and Q3.

Q1 = 5
Q2 = 6.5
Q3 = 7

Draw the box
that passes through Q1, Q2, and Q3.

Recall that
(IQR) = Q3 - Q1 = 2.

So the width of the box,
Q3 - Q1,
is the (IQR): 2.

Draw the regions of 1.5(IQR)
on the left side and right side of the box.

1.5(IQR) = 3

So the left 1.5(IQR) region covers
2 ~ 5.
(5 - 3 = 2)
This 2 is the lower fence.

And the right 1.5(IQR) region covers
7 ~ 10.
(7 + 3 = 10)
This 10 is the upper fence.

See the given data.

Find the value(s)
that is (are) less than the lower fence 2.

The value 1 is less than the lower fence.

Then the value 1
is not in the left 1.5(IQR) region.

Point this value 1
on the plot.

Just like this value 1,
if a value is not in the 1.5(IQR) region,
then that value is the outlier.

So the value 1 is the outlier.

There's an outlier in the left side.

Then find the least value
that is in the left 1.5(IQR) region:
2.

So point the value 2
on the plot.

And draw a whisker
between the value 2
and the left side of the box.

Next, see the given data.

Find the value(s)
that is (are) greater than the upper fence 10.

There's no value
that is greater than the upper fence 10.

Then there's no outlier in the right side.

Then point the greatest value:
9.

And draw a whisker
between the right side of the box
and the value 9.

So this is the box-and-whisker plot
of the given data.