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# Examples of box plots

This activity illustrates the power of box plots to compare data sets.

Box plots can be displayed either vertically or horizontally.

Consider the total monthly rainfall and average monthly maximum temperature of Australia's eight capital cities over 56 years.

Discuss the ordering of the cities in the various plots.

Discussion points for these plots can be found in *Informal Inference with Box Plots: Teacher Notes*. You can also look at *Features of Box Plots* and *Interpreting Box Plots*.