Re: [R] boxplot statistics

From: bogdan romocea <br44114_at_gmail.com>
Date: Fri 07 Oct 2005 - 03:46:27 EST


A related comment - don't rely (too much) on boxplots. They show only a few things, which may be limiting in many cases and completely misleading in others. Here are a couple of suggestions for plots which you may find more useful than the standard box plots:

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> From: Karin Lagesen [mailto:karin.lagesen@medisin.uio.no]
> Sent: Tuesday, October 04, 2005 5:24 AM
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> Subject: [R] boxplot statistics
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>
> I have read and reread the boxplot and the boxplot stats page, and I
> still cannot understand how and what boxplot shows. I realize that
> this might be due to me not knowing enough statistics, but anyway...
>
> First, how does boxplot determine the size of the box? And is the line
> inside the box the mean or the median (or something completely
> different?) And how does it determine how long out the whiskers should
> go?
>
> Also, the boxplot.stats page talks about "hinges", what are those?
> "The two "hinges" are versions of the first and third quartile, i.e.,
> close to 'quantile(x, c(1,3)/4)'."
>
> Thankyou very much.
>
> Karin
> --
> Karin Lagesen, PhD student
> karin.lagesen@medisin.uio.no
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