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Frequency Polygons

Frequency polygons are basically the same as histograms where the rules valid for histograms are also valid for frequency polygons. They are a smoother alternative to histograms. Frequency polygons can be constructed from histograms by joining the midpoints of the histogram bars with lines. The areas below the histogram and the frequency polygon are equal. In general, one should prefer to use histograms rather than frequency polygons, as the width of the classes cannot be seen well in frequency polygons.

Hint: do not confuse frequency polygons with the cumulative frequency distribution.

Last Update: 2005-Jul-16