Stem-and-Leaf Plot         

Definition of Stem-and-Leaf Plot

  • Stem-and-Leaf plot is a method of organizing numerical data in order of place value. The 'ones digit' and the 'tens digit and greater' of each data item is seperated as leaves and stems respectively.


Examples of Stem-and-Leaf Plot

  • The stem-and-leaf plot below shows the number of students enrolled in a dance class in the past 12 years.

The number of students are 81, 84, 85, 86, 93, 94, 97, 100, 102, 103, 110, and 111.


Solved Example on Stem-and-Leaf Plot

Use the stem-and-leaf plot shown to find the total number of data items.



A. 22

B. 23

C. 17

D. 19

Correct answer: C 


Step 1: In a stem-and-leaf plot, the number of data items is equal to the number of leaves present.   

Step 2: Number of leaves present in the above stem-and-leaf plot = 17.

Step 3: So, 17 data items are present in all.


 Related Terms for Stem-and-Leaf Plot

  • Data
  • Place Value


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