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Reed Sherrill

I don’t often encounter box & whisker plots at work (or in dashboards related to my work), although I have seen them in some research literature. Histograms, on the other hand, are common both at work and in dashboards related to my work.

While box & whisker plots are uncommon in my day-to-day work, I’m familiar with them generally. Once you understand what each component represents, they become a powerful tool for consolidating several descriptive statistics into a single plot.

For a public audience, histograms are far easier to interpret when communicating distributions. I would generally steer clear of box & whisker plots for non-technical audiences.