Line Graph Maker

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Line graphs (also known as line charts) are useful for showing trends in data sets. They use a qualitative value on the y axis and can have a qualitative or quantitive value on the x axis.

Line graph showing the miles per gallon of different car models from the mtcars data set

The line between points in a line graph do not represent a mathematical fit or average. They just join points together. This means that you cannot approximate a value between two points by looking at the line. Regression is more useful than this line graph maker if you want to interpolate to get values between points.

When To Use a Line Graph

Use a line graph when you want to show a trend. The line between points makes it clear to readers that there is a trend between consecutive points.

If the trend is smooth then you can use a spline graph. Spline graphs are similar to line graphs, except they use a smooth line between data values.

A stacked line graph can be useful if you have multiple series of data values that add should together. For example, if you are plotting reasons why users canceled their subscriptions you might have one line for the data values of users that canceled because they did not need the product anymore and one line for the data values of users that canceled because they found another tool.

Line graphs can become really hard to read if there is a lot of data, or the trend is not very clear. In these cases, a scatter plot can be a more useful tool.

Line charts do not quantify trends in the data. Trends can be quantified using regression or correlation. Regression is usually more useful because it shows how one variable affects the other. While correlation just indicates whether there is a relationship.

How To Make a Line Graph

  1. Upload your data

    Use the uploader at the top of the page to upload your input data

  2. Select the field for the horizontal x axis

    Select the independent variable for the horizontal axis. The independent variable should not be affected by the dependent variable

  3. Select the column for the vertical axis

    Select the dependent variable for the vertical y-axis. The dependent variable should be affected by the value of the independent variable on the x-axis.

  4. Download your line graph

    Use the download button to download a copy of your line chart

What Is The Difference Between a Line Graph and a Regression Plot

Linea graphs and regression plots both use lines to show trends in data on a scatter plot. The way the lines are calculated is different.

Line graphs connect each point to its next point. It does not matter if there is a big difference between the points, they will get connected.

Regression plots don't connect each point. Instead, they calculate a line of best fit and use that. The line of best fit tries to get close to as many of the data points as possible where it is allowed by the regression analysis. If the line of best fit goes through all of the data points then there may be overfitting.