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Plotting Mean and SD on the same Line graph


I have a requirement in which I need to plot the average and the Standard Deviation (Error bar) in the same graph. I am using Excel 2010.

I am making a line graph. I am able to plot average easily but with standard deviation, I am facing problems.

For every point on the line graph, I have different standard deviation and when I select "Custom" on the Standard Deviation Options and I specify the range of SD values for each point, I get the SD lines of the same size and they are so huge that it crosses the chart itself. I am sure I can't select "Fixed", "Percentage" as each of the SD value is different corresponding to each point (average value) on the line graph.

Any help on this will be highly appreciated.


EDIT: Sample File Attached - As you see in the chart, the line graph is plotted based on the "Average" values, I need to plot SD on those points as well.

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Sorry the title is very bad - i want to plot 3 data sets on the same line graph- i want to connect the data points of the values within each data set, but i don't want to attach a line between each data set.

So i'm using the following data:

Time ---- 0 Hour Cultue--------2 Hour Culture--------18 Hour Culture
0 --------- 0.094 --------------------- 0.179 ----------------------1.11
20 ---------- 0.088--------------------- 0.28----------------------- 1.19
40 ---------- 0.075---------------------- 0.498------------------------ 1.29
60 ---------- 0.083 --------------------- 0.802 --------------------- 1.305
80 ---------- 0.106----------------------- 0.935 --------------------- 1.36
100 ----------- 0.117 --------------------- 1.033 ------------------------ 1.41

essentially i want to make an xy scatter line graph, and have all this information plotted together for form a standard bacterial growth curve. If you can get the idea from the data, the first data set was taken right away (0 hours) and it lasts for approx 2 hours. Then the 2nd data set starts and lasts again for another 2 hours approx. The last data set is after a huge gap in time (18 hours).

So I modified the data because i want the x axis to be time (in hours):

Time ------------Absorbance
0---------------- 0.094
1.3333----------- 0.106
1.66666----------- 0.117

--------------------------- ( next data set - break in line graph)

2----------------- 0.179
2.3333------------ 0.28
3.333333----------- 0.935

----------------------------- (next data set - break in line graph)

18---------------------- 1.11
19.333333-------------- 1.36

My problem is that when i graph this- using an xy scatter plot, i get all the points connected by lines. i would like however for there to be no lines connecting the data points ( x y value 1.666,.117 to 2,.179) or (xy value 3.666,1.03 to 18, 1.11). this way you can clearly see that 3 different experiments were conducted.

I'm pretty inexperienced with excel. sorry if this isn't explained very well.

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Basically, if L42>L43 and L43>0. If true, it goes on to a calculation. If
false, the result is supposed to be 0. I can get condition one to work,
but not both. Is it even possible to have two on the same line?
Mathmatically, x>y>0 is valad, is it not? Here is what has been tried so far:
if L42>L43 AND L43>0
if L42>L43 & L43>0
if L42>L43 + L43>0
if L43

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How do I get excel to give an answer when two conditions must be met?
Basically, if L42>L43 and L43>0. If true, it goes on to a calculation. If
false, the result is supposed to be 0. I can get condition one to work,
but not both. Is it even possible to have two on the same line?
Mathmatically, x>y>0 is valad, is it not? Here is what has been tried so far:
if L42>L43 AND L43>0
if L42>L43 & L43>0
if L42>L43 + L43>0
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Anyone have any suggesations?
Thank you in advance for any help

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I already have a list of mean and SDs, but i really dont have a clue on how to show them on a graph.

Thanks for any hint



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Column-D Column-E
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- SC

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