Create a Basic Scatter Plot

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Minitab®  – Procedure

The basic "scatter plot" command creates a simple scatter plot of a response variable y against a predictor variable x.

  1. Select Graph >> Scatterplot ...
  2. Select the graph type "Simple."
  3. Specify your Y variable and your X variable in the boxes provided.
  4. Select OK. A new window containing the scatter plot will appear.


Sports Illustrated published results of a study designed to determine how well professional golfers putt. The data set puttgolf.txt contains data on the lengths of putts and the percentage of successful putts made by professional golfers during 15 tournaments. Only putts that were 2 to 20 feet from the hole are included in the data set.

What do the plot of y = success and x = length suggest about the relationship between the two variables?

Minitab Dialog Box

Minitab simple scatterplot dialog box

Minitab Sample Plot

minitab output of scatterplot

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