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Microsoft® Excel Data Analysis and Business Modeling by Wayne L. Winston

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Chapter 34. Summarizing Data with Histograms

  • Wise people often say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Can I use Excel to create a picture (called a histogram) that summarizes the values in a data set?

  • What are some common shapes of histograms?

  • What can I learn by comparing histograms from different data sets?

The ability to summarize a large data set is important. The three tools used most often to summarize data in Excel are histograms, descriptive statistics, and PivotTables. In this chapter, I’ll discuss the use of histograms for summarizing data. I’ll cover descriptive statistics in Chapter 35 and PivotTables in Chapter 36.

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