Graphs - 2D Graphs - Box Plots

Ribbon bar. Select the Graphs tab. In the More group, click 2D and from the menu, select Box Plots to display the 2D Box Plots dialog box.

Classic menus. From the Graphs - 2D Graphs menu, select Box Plots to display the 2D Box Plots dialog box.

In box plots (this term was first used by Tukey, 1970), ranges or distribution characteristics of values of a selected variable (or variables) are plotted separately for groups of cases defined by values of a categorical (grouping) variable. The central tendency (e.g., median or mean), and range or variation statistics (e.g., quartiles, standard errors, or standard deviations) are computed for each group of cases and the selected values are presented in the selected box plot style. Outlier data points can also be plotted.

Box plots can be specified to display the desired variability data using Whiskers, Boxes, Box-Whiskers, Columns, or High-Low Close (a type of whisker display) formats. Multiple box plots of a single box plot variable can be produced by the categories of a grouping variable, and function fits can be applied to the resulting series of box plots. Function fits available include: Linear, Polynomial, Logarithmic, Exponential, Distance Weighted LS, Neg Expon Weighted LS, Spline, and Lowess.

See also, Conceptual Overviews - 2D Box (and Means with Error) Plots.