ExplanationMaking Scatter Plots
Generally speaking, if you make a scatter plot, you will use a computer to do it for you, but there are still some things to remember.
Remember to label your axes, put the values along them in suitable steps, and include a title.
- Choosing the Axes
By convention, the independent variable is plotted along the horizontal (x) axis and the dependent variable is plotted up the vertical (y) axis. To plot a point, you simply move along the x axis to the point that corresponds to the value of your independent variable, then find the point up the y that corresponds to your dependend variable's score, and mark a spot on the graph where lines from these points meet.
- Chart Title
When choosing a title for a chart, say y plotted against x. That is, 'dependent variable' plotted against 'independent variable'.