For information about data considerations, examples, and interpretation, go to Overview for Bar Chart.
Enter one or more columns of categorical data that you want to graph.
Enter a numeric or text column that defines the bars in the bar chart.
From Function, select the function of the Summarized variables. For example, if you select Maximum, Minitab defines the color for the bar chart based on the maximum value of the summarized variables in each bar. If you enter a text column in Summarized variables, you can only select Percent equal to specified values, Number of nonmissing values, or Number of missing values.
When you do not enter Summarized variables, you can choose one of the following layout options.
When you enter Summarized variables, you can choose one of the following layout options.
When you select multiple categorical variables and you choose to overlay the graphs, you can choose how to display the overlaid bars.
When you have more than one summarized variable and you choose to overlay the graphs, you have the option to cluster or stack the bars by the summarized variables.
When you enter multiple By variables, Minitab enables the Show all combinations checkbox. Select this option to create a separate bar chart for each combination of groups created by the By variables. If you do not select this option, Minitab creates a plot for each group of each By variable.
For example, the first By variable has 2 groups, Male and Female, and the second By variable has 2 groups, Employed and Unemployed. If you select Show all combinations, Minitab creates 4 separate plots for the combinations of Male/Employed, Male/Unemployed, Female/Employed, and Female/Unemployed. If you do not select Show all combinations, Minitab creates 4 separate bar charts for Male, Female, Employed, and Unemployed.
When you do not enter Summarized variables, select this option to change the Y-scale type from count to percent.
When you enter Summarized variables, select this option to change the Y-scale type to percent.
Make the Y-scale the same across multiple graphs.
Minitab uses the terms "innermost" and "outermost" to indicate the relative position of the scales for multiple levels of groups displayed on a graph. For a horizontal scale, outermost refers to the scale at the bottom of the graph, and innermost refers to the scale farthest from the bottom, closest to the horizontal axis. For a vertical scale, outermost refers to the scale to the far left, and innermost refers to the scale closest to the vertical axis.
Choose one of the following options when you have multiple Y variables with groups.