# Histogram question: How do we choose a perfect histogram?

20 students from a school were randomly selected to study the dollar amount that they spend on purchasing soft drink in a typical week. The data collected (in dollars):

$24,$35, $17,$21, $24,$37, $26,$46, $58,$30,
$32,$13, $12,$38, $41,$43, $44,$27, $53,$27


Some graphical representations are created based on the above data

Figures 1 to 4 are shown below.

Which do you consider an appropriate histogram? You can choose more then 1.

This is an actual quiz question but I find it to be so poorly worded I cannot understand a single bit. Can anyone help?

• You may have to wait a bit, questions aren't usually answered in the first hour. What is it that confuses you about the question? Is this an essay question? Commented Nov 16, 2012 at 4:57
• The histograms in the lower row are incorrectly drawn: they do not depict all the data, no matter how you interpret the vertical axis.
– whuber
Commented Nov 16, 2012 at 21:25

 Which do you consider an appropriate histogram? You can choose more then 1.