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French Equivalent: Diagramme à bâtons

The graphical representation of frequencies or magnitudes by rectangles drawn with lengths proportional to the frequencies or magnitudes concerned.

There are numerous variations which can be incorporated into this simple concept. For example, component parts of a total can be shown by sub-dividing the length of the bar. Two or three kinds of information can be compared by groups of bars each one of which is shaded or coloured to aid identification. Figures involving increases and decreases can be shown by using bars drawn in opposite directions, above and below a zero line.

Source Publication:
A Dictionary of Statistical Terms, 5th edition, prepared for the International Statistical Institute by F.H.C. Marriott. Published for the International Statistical Institute by Longman Scientific and Technical.

Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

Created on Tuesday, May 7, 2002

Last updated on Wednesday, April 7, 2004