Stem & Leaf Plot

examples of a stem & leaf plot

how to make stem & leaf plot

To make my stemplot, each score is broken into two pieces, the stem and leaf. In this particular case the tens digits are stems, and the ones digits form the leaves. The resulting stemplot produces a distribution of the data similar to a histogram, but all of the data values are retained in a compact form. Features of the students’ performance can be easily seen from the shape of the stem and leaf plot.Suppose that my class had the following test scores: 84, 65, 78, 75, 89, 90, 88, 83, 72, 91, 90 and we wanted to see at a glance what features were present in the data. We rewrite the list of scores in order and then utilize a stem and leaf plot. The stems are 6, 7, 8, 9, corresponding to the tens place of the data. This is listed in a vertical column. The ones digit of each score is written in a horizontal row to the right of each stem:

features of a stem & leaf plot

A good stem and leaf plot shows the first digits of the number (thousands, hundreds or tens) as the stem and shows the last digit (ones) as the leaf & always has a heading!!

It ain't that hard, wallah!