Verse 10 of 10+ Ways to Leave Your Pie Chart

The long tail whips up on the pie chart (inspired by Chris Anderson’s ‘The Long Tail,’ which nicely articulates the value of understanding all your sales, not just the highest.) While bar charts are the best substitute for a summary, the details matter. A compact way to display order distribution, while being able to see clusters. […]

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Verse 9 of 10+ Ways to Leave Your Pie Chart

Pareto beats out Playfair’s pie charts The Pareto (80/20) graph helps us analyze the distribution of sales with a category. We use bar charts to take the guessing out of which category has more sales. Though not the top seller, the high concentration of sales in Furniture is clearer. On an interesting note, William Playfair […]

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Verse 8 of 10+ Ways to Leave Your Pie Chart

SET THE AXIS DUAL MICHAEL {CRISTIANI} The Treachery of Averages™ is another of our 3 Villains of Data Visualization™ CLICK TO REGISTER FOR THE 3 VILLAINS WEBINAR This shifts the analysis focus to average sales, while retaining sales from the pie chart. While knowing the average is helpful, you need the context of the individual figures. […]

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Example of big data company ruining visualization

I am really busy this morning, but had to address the horrible visual. A few things that bothered me… Bars are much better than this “pie chart” Hard to see trends Small circle forced using smaller font  Before After http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/newswire/2014/changing-channels-americans-view-just-17-channels-despite-record-number-to-choose-from.html

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Verse 7 of 10+ Ways to Leave Your Pie Chart

GROUP THEM IN A BIN CHRISTIAN {CHABOT} Bins are very handy for getting a deeper view into the distribution of your data. Bar charts are often used for binning; the heatmap is better suited to hierarchical data. You are easily able to see the concentration of activity and identify gaps. Color quickly emphasizes disparity in (sales) performance […]

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Verse 6 of 10+ Ways to Leave Your Pie Chart

FRAME A PANEL DISPLAY JJ {JENSEN} Panel, or trellis views, are great for organizing hierarchies of information in a small space. This is similar to using bar charts for comparison; though not as compact. You are easily able to see general clusters of values, i.e. in each row. Switching up your visuals gets attention and invites the […]

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Verse 5 of 10+ Ways to Leave Your Pie Chart

GET THE SHAPES IN A ROW RAMON {MARTINEZ} Strip plots are great for organizing hierarchies of information in a small space. Ordering different size data sets is simple (a heatmap leaves lots of empty boxes). Size and color gradients are the #2 and #3 easiest to interpret visual elements. This is similar to using bar charts […]

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Verse 4 of 10+ Ways to Leave Your Pie Chart

MAKE IT AN XY ROBITAILLE {RYAN} XY scatter plots are my go-to favorite.  They deliver a high density of information with clarity! Location (xy) is the easiest and fastest visualization trait for us to interpret. You can immediately see clusters of over-performers and under-performers. We have flexibility to apply additional traits, like size, to focus on what’s important. […]

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