# Stem and Leaf Plot - Excel Template

## What is a Stem and Leaf Plot?

A stem and leaf plot shows the spread and distribution of a data set:

**Stems**represent the first digits of the data points**Count**represents the number of data points with that first digit**Leaves**represent the second digits in the data set (numbers 0-9)**Median**is the mid point in the data set and is shown next to the leaf

### Stem and Leaf Plot Example Created Using QI Macros add-in for Excel

**It's Super Easy to Use QI Macros Stem and Leaf Plot Maker**

QI Macros installs a new menu on Excel's Toolbar. To generate a plot:

- Open the
**Stem and Leaf Plot Template**by clicking on QI Macros menu / Chart Templates / Stem and Leaf Plot - Input or cut and paste your data into the yellow input area.
- Double click on the update plot button and QI Macros will sort the data and populate the stems and leaves.

### Why Would I Use a Stem and Leaf Plot?

A stem and leaf plot can help show the distribution of your data. It is similar to a histogram that is turned on its side. Let's use the average temperature data from the above example to better illustrate the relationship.

**Stem and Leaf Plot Results**

**Rotate Results**

**Histogram of the Same Data**

Bin width = 10

Many people use stem and leaf plots because histograms seem too hard to create. But both are easy to make using QI Macros.

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