Bar-graphs : Representation and Reading
Reading a bar-graph of given data is explained with some examples.
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The figure is a bar-graph representation of a data.
The data is represented with horizontal or vertical bars. This representation is spatially laid out for users to easily understand comparative measures like
which one is the largest
which one is the smallest
which ones are comparatively equal.
Consider the data: Number of glasses of water students drink during the school time. The data can be given in bar-graph with, the number of students in vertical axis and number of glasses in horizontal axis.
Considering the Number of glasses of water students drink during the school time. The bar graph representation is given in the figure. The horizontal axis is the number of glasses and the vertical axis is the number of students. The height of each bar is given for clarity.
A bar of height `11` at position `1` provides information that `11` students had `1` glass of water.
Consider the given bar graph.
The height of bar at the position `3` glasses water is `6`. That indicates, `6` students drank `3` glasses of water.
Consider the given bar graph. This measures the messages sent by a person. The data is number of sentences in a message and the number of messages with the given number of sentences.
The height of bar at the position `1` (number of sentences) is `2` number of messages. That indicates that, `2` messages were sent with `1` sentence each.
Consider the given bar graph. This represents the messages sent by a person.
The message of highest frequency is represented by the tallest bar. For the tallest bar, the number of sentences is `2` (the value on horizontal axis).
So, The message of highest frequency has `2` sentences.
Consider the given bar graph. It is noted that, single sentence and `4` sentence messages have the same frequency
Reading a bar graph: With the meaning attributed to horizontal axis and vertical axis, the position and height of each bar is read. The objective is to answer any comparative or quantitative questions about the data using the given bar graph.