Why Do Social Scientists Use Frequency Tables Histograms Or Polygons?


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Anonymous answered
To get a visually of the frequency of data used
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Oddman answered
Histograms or polygons are means of presenting data visually. Tables allow access to "raw" data, but don't necessarily communicate the meaning or impact of that data.
A histogram might be useful for showing how the elements of a set of data are distributed among the values or categories measured.

A polygon might be useful for showing how one collection of measurements differs from another collection of measurements or from some standard. (I've seen such a chart used to plot status against several goals, for example.)

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