Plotting grouped column with mean values

In the figure below I have plotted a group column plot to compare sea level trends for different cities in the Northeast per month. A line-symbol plot has also been added to show the mean average sea level change per month. The blog demonstrates an easier way to use context menu in Object Manager to add the mean value to a group plot in Origin 2019.

Note: If you have Origin 2018b or Older, there isn’t such context menu in Object Manager. The best approach for adding the mean values to the graph is through Layer contents dialog.

1. First download the Grouped Columns file and open it.  In this project the Grouped-Column plot is already plotted. To learn how to plot a Grouped-Column plot please refer to this blog:

2. To calculate the Mean for each group of data, Select the Output tab and Select Statistics from the Menu bar, Select Descriptive Statistics, and Select Statistics on Rows. Select Open Dialog:

4. With the Statistics on Rows Dialog open in the Input tab, Select the Y Data Range Col(B):Col(F).


5. With the Statistics on Rows Dialog still open, Select the Quantities tab and Select Mean (Unselect all other quantities).

6. In this example, I have deleted the text in Comments in Col(G). To import the calculated Mean data into the Graph: Highlight col(G) and drag the data into Graph 1. You will notice that the Mean data is automatically grouped with the grouped-column plot.

The following steps will describe how to move the Mean dataset out of the Grouped-Column data and set the Mean data to plot  as a line-symbol plot.


5. In the Object Manager right-click Providence (the dataset above Mean). Select Set as Group End.

Note: The Object Manager is located in the right side of the Origin Window.  You can mouse over it to see it. If you do not see the Object Manager, with Graph window active, select View: Object Manager

6. In the Object ManagerRight-Click Mean and select Change Plot to: Line+Symbol

Now that the the plot is setup, you can go ahead and edit the Grouped Column plot and Mean plot. In this example, I have made changes to the Mean plot so that the Symbol type is set to circle and the Connected Line is set to Spline.

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