Enter your data for Descriptive Statistics (Data tab)

On the Data tab of the Descriptive Statistics dialog box, select the option that best describes your data.

All data are in one column

Complete the following steps if your data are in one column and group identifiers are in a second column.

  1. From the drop-down list, select All data are in one column.
  2. In Variable, enter the column of numeric data to analyze.
  3. (Optional) In Group variable , enter the column that contains the group identifier to explore the differences between the groups. Minitab calculates the descriptive statistics separately for each group.
In this worksheet, Cost is the variable and contains the repair costs for products A and B. Product is the group variable and indicates whether the cost corresponds to product A or to product B.
C1 C2
Cost Product
365.67 A
370.69 B
464.86 B
391.38 A

Data are in more than one column

Select if you want to analyze multiple columns of data.

  1. From the drop-down list, select Data are in more than one column.
  2. In Variables, enter the columns of numeric data to analyze. You can enter up to 12 columns with different lengths.
In this worksheet, Product A contains the repair costs for product A. Product B contains the repair costs for product B.
C1 C2
Product A Product B
365.67 370.69
391.38 464.86
387.87 415.32
369.54 399.88
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