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# How to Create a Stem-and-Leaf Plot in SPSS

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.