# Essential graphing vocabulary

Below are some of the most common terms you will encounter when creating graphs in ArcMap, ArcGlobe, or ArcScene.

Term | Description |
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Graph | A graphic representation of tabular data; a diagram showing the relationship between two or more variable quantities, usually measured along two perpendicular axes. A graph may also be referred to as a chart. |

Data range | When you create a graph, the range represents the data that is being graphed. The range may consist of all data in the source or a selection of data from the source. |

X- and Y-axes | The x-axis is the data represented along the horizontal border of the chart. The y-axis is the data represented along the vertical border of the chart. |

Upper and lower bounds | The upper and lower limits of the axes on the graph. |

Graph template | Graph templates contain all the basic structure and necessary information such as graph type and properties for creating graphs. Graph templates can be saved and reused for creating nice-looking graphs to visualize your data. |

Graph function | A graph function applies a particular mathematical or statistical operation to the values in the data series and displays the result as a line on the graph. |