We've already looked at how to display a data set in a stemandleaf plots. However, in this chapter, we're going to look at how to display two data sets simultaneously in a backtoback stemandleaf plot. These types of stem and leaf plots are a great way to make comparisons between data sets.
Reading a backtoback stemandleaf plot is very similar to a regular stemandleaf plot. The "stem" is used to group the scores and each "leaf" indicates the individual scores within each group.
The "stem" is a column and the stem values are written downwards in that column. The "leaf" values are written across in the rows corresponding to the "stem" value. In a backtoback stemandleaf plot, one set of data is displayed on the left and one set of data is written on the right. The "leaf" values are still written in ascending order from the stem outwards.
If you have to create your own stemandleaf plot, it's easier to write all your scores in ascending order before you start putting them into a stem and leaf plot.
The data below shows the results of a survey conducted on the price of concert tickets locally and the price of the same concerts at an international venue.
Local  International  


Key: $1$1$\mid$∣$2$2$=$=$12$12 
What was the most expensive ticket price at the international venue?
$\editable{}$ dollars
What was the median ticket price at the international venue? Leave your answer to two decimal places if needed.
What percentage of local ticket prices were cheaper than the international median?
At the international venue, what percentage of tickets cost between $\$90$$90 and $\$110$$110 (inclusive)?
At the local venue, what percentage of tickets cost between $\$90$$90 and $\$100$$100 (inclusive)?
The backtoback stem plots show the number of pieces of paper used over several days by Maximilian’s and Charlie’s students.
Maximilian  Stem  Charlie 

$7$7  $0$0  $7$7 
$3$3  $1$1  $1$1 $2$2 $3$3 
$8$8  $2$2  $8$8 
$4$4 $3$3  $3$3  $2$2 $3$3 $4$4 
$7$7 $6$6 $5$5  $4$4  $9$9 
$3$3 $2$2  $5$5  $2$2 
Key:  $6\mid1\mid2$6∣1∣2  $=$=  $16$16 and $12$12 
Which of the following statements are true?
I. Maximilian's students did not use $7$7 pieces of paper on any day.
II. Charlie's median is higher than Maximilian’s median.
III. The median is greater than the mean in both groups.
I and II
II and III
None of the statements are correct.
III only
II only
I only
I and II
II and III
None of the statements are correct.
III only
II only
I only
Plan and conduct surveys and experiments using the statistical enquiry cycle:– determining appropriate variables and measures;– considering sources of variation;– gathering and cleaning data;– using multiple displays, and recategorising data to find patterns, variations, relationships, and trends in multivariate data sets;– comparing sample distributions visually, using measures of centre, spread, and proportion;– presenting a report of findings
Evaluate statistical investigations or probability activities undertaken by others, including data collection methods, choice of measures, and validity of findings