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A stem-and-leaf plotÂ displays data by splitting up each value in a dataset into aÂ *stemÂ *and aÂ *leaf*. Itâ€™s a useful plot for easily visualizing the distribution of a dataset.

This tutorial explains how to create a stem-and-leaf plot in SPSS.

**Example: Stem-and-Leaf Plot in SPSS**

Suppose we have the following dataset that shows the average points per game for 16 basketball players:

To create a stem-and-leaf plot for this dataset, click theÂ **AnalyzeÂ **tab,Â thenÂ **Descriptive Statistics**, thenÂ **Explore**.

This will bring up the following window:

To create a stem-and-leaf plot, we need to drag the variableÂ **pointsÂ **into theÂ box labelledÂ **Dependent List**. Then we need to make sureÂ **PlotsÂ **is selected under the option that saysÂ **DisplayÂ **near the bottom of the box.

Once we clickÂ **OK**, the following stem-and-leaf plot will appear:

TheÂ **StemÂ **column displays the first digit for each data value while theÂ **LeafÂ **column displays the second digit.

For example, the first leaf shown in the first row represents the player who averages 5 points per game:

And the last leaf shown in the last row represents the player who averages 31 points per game:

This simple plot helps us get an idea of the distribution of the points scored by the 16 players in this dataset.