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How Do I Choose the Best Histogram Software?

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  • Written By: Jennifer Leigh
  • Edited By: Lauren Fritsky
  • Last Modified Date: 10 October 2017
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A histogram is a graphic representation of the count of data points that fall within certain classes, or groups, of information. When using this type of summary graph on a regular basis, it is helpful to have histogram software to assist with making the graphs. Histogram software comes in a variety of price points and can range from being able to perform simple to complex functions. Choosing the best histogram software depends on your needs in regards to how often you will be using it and the level of complexity you need the software to contain, as well as if you are looking for additional statistical analysis functions to be available.

Make a list of your needs as far as histogram software is concerned. This will help you narrow down your search for the right software. Read reviews of software before purchasing so that you choose one that is easy to use and without a lot of problems.

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Choose free software that is available on the Internet if you will only be making a few relatively simple histograms. These programs can be downloaded and used at no cost once they are installed on your computer. This is a good choice for individuals who need to analyze a small amount of data and for those who are on a budget and do not wish to purchase histogram software. There are also programs on the Internet that allow you to input data directly onto a website to create a histogram if you do not wish to download software onto your computer.

Check to see if you have existing software that has the ability to create histograms. Many common word processing and data entry programs contain the ability to input data and create histogram graphs. If you do not wish to purchase additional histogram software and do not need to perform many other statistical tasks, this might be a good option for you.

Statics software often comes with the ability to create histograms as well as to perform many other analytical tasks. This is the best option for people who will be making histograms and analyzing data on a regular basis. Statistics programs provide the ability to perform descriptive statistics, bivariate statistics and make future predictions based on data. These programs vary in price depending on how complicated they are but can be downloaded onto your computer or purchased from a computer software company.

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