Bar charts with error bars using Python, jupyter notebooks and matplotlib

Bar charts with error bars are useful in engineering to show the confidence or precision in a set of measurements or calculated values. Bar charts without error bars give the illusion that a measured or calculated value is known to high precision or high confidence. In this post, we will build a bar plot using Python, the statistics module and matplotlib. The plot will show the tensile strength of two different 3-D printer filament materials, ABS and HIPS. We will then add error bars to the plot based on the standard deviation of the data.

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