A stem-and-leaf plot displays data by splitting up each value in a dataset into a *stem *and a *leaf*. It’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 the **Analyze **tab, then **Descriptive Statistics**, then **Explore**.

This will bring up the following window:

To create a stem-and-leaf plot, we need to drag the variable **points **into the box labelled **Dependent List**. Then we need to make sure **Plots **is selected under the option that says **Display **near the bottom of the box.

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

The **Stem **column displays the first digit for each data value while the **Leaf **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.

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