# Help with interpretation of boxplot

#### jena2007

##### New Member
Hi:wave: ,

Here is the Question (indicated in bold print) and the data:

Make boxplots to compare the three distributions. Report the five-number summaries along with your graph. What are the most important differences among the three varieties of flower?

H. bihai

47.12 46.75 46.81 47.12 46.67 47.43 46.44 46.64

48.07 48.34 48.15 50.26 50.12 46.34 46.94 48.36

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H. caribaea red

41.90 42.01 41.93 43.09 41.47 41.69 39.78 40.57

39.63 42.18 40.66 37.87 39.16 37.40 38.20 38.07

38.10 37.97 38.79 38.23 38.87 37.78 38.01

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H. caribaea yellow

36.78 37.02 36.52 36.11 36.03 35.45 38.13 37.1

35.17 36.82 36.66 35.68 36.03 34.57 34.63

The problem I'm having is I don't understand what the question is referring to differences like the minimums and maximums or all portions of the five number summary.

#### JohnM

##### TS Contributor
It's referring to the 5-number summary as well as any obvious visual differences you see after making the plots.

#### TexPharm

##### New Member
Boxplot & 5-Number Summary

The box plot has become the standard technique for presenting the 5-number summary which consists of the minimum and maximum range values, the upper and lower quartiles, and the median. This collection of values is a quick way to summarize the distribution of a dataset. In addition, this reduced representation afforded by the 5-number summary provides a more straightforward way to compare datasets, since only these characteristic values need to be analyzed.