A Histogram is a column chart that shows the frequency of the occurrences of a variable in the specified range. It is useful for producing data distributions and charts. You can analyze and interpret the distribution of data quickly and easily.
Creating a Histogram in Excel 2016
Excel 2016 has an inbuilt Histogram chart option. To add a Histogram chart, follow these steps:
- Select the range of cells.
- On the Insert tab, go to the Charts Group and click the Histogram symbol.
- Click on Histogram.
To change the bin size and number of bins:
- Right-click on the horizontal axis and click Format Axis.
The format axis pane appears. You can edit the bin width and number of bins.
A bin range is a range of values that specifies the limit for each column of the histogram.
Creating a Histogram using Data Analysis Toolpak
To create a histogram using the Data Analysis Toolpak, you first need to install the Analysis Toolpak add-in.
To install the Data Analysis Toolpak add-in:
- Click the File tab and then select ‘Options’.
- In the Excel Options dialog box, select Add-ins in the navigation pane.
- In the Manage drop-down, select Excel Add-ins and click Go.
- In the Add-ins dialog box, select Analysis Toolpak and click OK.
This will install the Analysis Toolpak.
To create a Histogram, follow the steps mentioned below:
- Go to the Data tab and click Data Analysis.
- In the Data Analysis dialog box, select Histogram.
- In the Histogram dialogue box, select the Input range, Bin range, and Output range. Checkmark the chart output.
- Click OK.
The first bin shows all the values below it. In the above case, 20 shows 0 values, which shows that there are 0 employees that are less than age 20.
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