Box and Whisker Plot Maker in Excel

What is a Box Plot? How Can You Easily Create One in Excel?

Box and Whisker Plots (Box Plots or Boxplots) are like simple histograms turned on their side. Use them to analyze the variation between data sets (i.e. the values of the median for each set compared to the others) or the variation within a dataset (i.e. how big is the box and how long are the whiskers).

Anatomy of a boxplot created by QI Macros in Excel

Box Plot Elements Explained

key elements of a boxplot

  • The box represents the distance between the 1st and 3rd quartiles--the InterQuartile Range (IQR=Q3-Q1).
  • For quartiles, there are three points: the first middle point (the median), and the middle points of the two halves. These three points divide the entire data set into quarters.
  • The whiskers are 1.5*IQR or the highest / lowest point within the range.
  • Outlier points are those that are greater than 1.5*IQR, from Q1 or Q3.
  • If the box is all gray, then there is no difference between the 1st quartile and the median.
  • If the box is all green, there is no difference between the 3rd quartile and the median.
  • If your Median value is less than 0, the boxes will indicate this by swapping order (green on top and gray on bottom).

Source: Juran's Quality Handbook, Joseph M. Juran, Joseph A. DeFeo.

QI Macros Box Plot Generator Creates Plots in Three Easy Steps

Box and Whisker Plots are hard to create manually or in Excel. Use QI Macros to save time and get the calculations right.

box and whisker plot maker

  1. Point - select your boxplot data in an Excel worksheet.
  2. Click - on QI Macros Menu and choose the Box Whisker Plot.
  3. Analyze and Improve - QI Macros will do the calculations and make a boxplot in Excel.

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