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Graph tip - How can I make a bar/column graph that also shows the individual data points?
FAQ# 1352 Last Modified 22-March-2009
Prism 6 offers this an automatic option when selecting how to display your data for a Column graph type:
If you've already selected a graph type, with your graph in view, click the (Change Graph Type) button under the change toolbar to choose a different graph type.
Prism 5 and earlier versions doesn't let you make a graph with bars or columns and also show the individual data points as a scatter plot. There is an easy work around, however.
Make a column scatter plot of your data and tell Prism to draw a line at the mean. You can include error bars if you want.
Adjust the size of the graph and the range of the Y axis at this point. Once you are happy with the graph's look, use Prism's drawing tools to draw lines from the mean line of each data group to the X axis.
These lines are not attached to the axis. If you resize the graph or change the axis range, you'll need to move and stretch the lines into position.
Keywords: column bar graph, column scatterplot,