# What is the center and spread of a histogram?

## What is the center and spread of a histogram?

If a histogram is bell shaped, it can be parsimoniously described by its center and spread. The center is the location of its axis of symmetry. The spread is the distance between the center and one of its inflection points.

**How would you describe the center and spread of data?**

Center describes a typical value of a data point. Two measures of center are mean and median. Spread describes the variation of the data. Two measures of spread are range and standard deviation.

**How do you find the spread of a graph?**

When the mean is the most appropriate measure of center, then the most appropriate measure of spread is the standard deviation. This measurement is obtained by taking the square root of the variance — which is essentially the average squared distance between population values (or sample values) and the mean.

### What is the spread in a dot plot?

The spread of a data set is how spread out the data values are in the set. If you have two different data sets that are represented in dot plots, you can use the two dot plots to compare the shape, center, and spread of the two data sets.

**What is the spread in statistics?**

Measures of spread describe how similar or varied the set of observed values are for a particular variable (data item). Measures of spread include the range, quartiles and the interquartile range, variance and standard deviation.

**What is the spread on a dot plot?**

The center of a data set is a way to describe a typical value in the data set. The spread of a data set is how spread out the data values are in the set. If you have two different data sets that are represented in dot plots, you can use the two dot plots to compare the shape, center, and spread of the two data sets.

## Which are the best measures of center and spread to use to describe each data set?

When it is skewed right or left with high or low outliers then the median is better to use to find the center. The best measure of spread when the median is the center is the IQR. As for when the center is the mean, then standard deviation should be used since it measure the distance between a data point and the mean.

**What does the spread mean in statistics?**

**How do you find the spread of a histogram?**

One way to measure the spread (also called variability or variation) of the distribution is to use the approximate range covered by the data. From looking at the histogram, we can approximate the smallest observation (min), and the largest observation (max), and thus approximate the range.

### What is the center of data?

The “center” of a data set is also a way of describing location. The two most widely used measures of the “center” of the data are the mean (average) and the median. The mean is the most common measure of the center. The words “mean” and “average” are often used interchangeably.