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Picture graphs (pictographs) review

Picture graphs are a fun way to display data. This article reviews how to create and read picture graphs (also called pictographs).
A picture graph (or pictograph) is similar to a bar graph but way more fun. Here's one that shows how many sheep each shepherd has:
This works well when we're dealing with small numbers, but what if shepherds had many more sheep?
We could make each sheep picture represent more than one sheep, like this:
In this picture graph, Diane has $4×5=20$ sheep, Girish has $5×5=25$ sheep, and Willy has just $5$ sheep.

Practice

Problem 1
StudentNumber of bugs
Jen$4$
Lee$6$
Sara$5$
Create a picture graph of this data.

Want more practice like this? Check out this exercise and this more advanced exercise.

Want to join the conversation?

• Sir, what is the real life application of finding mean, median, mode, range?
(or) why we have to find mean, median, mode, range?
• There are many applications of such things. As an adult, one must buy various items; at which point they may research how to obtain inexpensive yet high-quality goods. In many cases of doing research, ratings are involved. Ratings have a mean, a median, and a mode. Also, when researching variation in most anything, range is a factor along with mean, median, and mode.
• When will adults in real life professions use pictographs?
• I hope people use this more often. It was so fun making the above pictograph. yes, I am 29 years old, I know calculus and Linear Algebra but this is the most fun I have ever had.
Definitely recommending pictographs to everyone from now on.
• Can the scale have decimal values? For instance can 1 hot dog equals 1.5 hot dogs?
• yes , the scale can have any decimal values. However, you should reasonable scale so that the reading of your chart would be easy ;)
• If all values are unique on a bar chart what will be the mode?
• If all numbers occur only once, there is no mode.
• what if there is 1,234,567,890,123,456,789,012,345,678,901,234,567,899 bugs and you need to graph them?
(1 vote)
• A pictorial graph would not be good in this case
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• With graphs like these, wouldn't it mean losing information if the data isn't exactly the value given. Like if I had 11 sheep, each sheep icon represents 5 sheep, and to represent my amount, 2 sheep were put.
(1 vote)
• That's very true. You kind of have to adjust the graph for the data given, e.g. in the case of 11, you could go with 1 sheep = 1 picture.
However, in some cases you could represent half the amount of sheep by slicing the picture in half, which is more visually distinguishable.
(E.g. 1 icon = 2 sheep -> 5 and 1/2 icons represent 11 sheep.)