Graphically thinking

Using graphs and diagrams to show data

When you have your data, you may want to represent them graphically – for example, to show whether two variables are correlated (eg a scatter graph plotting duck egg length against duck egg width) or to show different proportions (eg a pie chart showing the prey items of a lion). Which chart or graph you use will depend on the type of data you have.

Common diagrams include bar charts, pie charts, line graphs, scatter graphs and histograms. 

Further reading

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About this resource

This resource was first published in ‘Number Crunching’ in June 2013.

Statistics and maths
Number Crunching
Education levels:
16–19, Continuing professional development