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How to Flip Your Bar Charts

How to Flip Your Bar Charts

“Ann, I read your latest post, and I accidentally made a horizontal bar chart when it should’ve been a vertical bar chart! Am I going to have to delete my graph and start from scratch?”   No way. Don’t delete a thing. That would be a huge…

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The Simplest Excel Hack You’ll See Today

The Simplest Excel Hack You’ll See Today

In my prior post, I sketched a few options for a performing arts organization’s fictional ticket sales data:   I intentionally separated the year-by-year bars from the total bar with a little extra space. I don’t want all the bars mushed together. Easy to sketch…

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How to Place Labels Directly Through Your Line Graph

How to Place Labels Directly Through Your Line Graph

I recently discussed four options for labeling line graphs. A personal favorite is to place the labels directly on top of the data points, like this: There’s been a lot of interest in this labeling technique, so here’s your step-by-step tutorial!   First, set up…

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How to Make a Heat Table in Excel

How to Make a Heat Table in Excel

Just because I adore graphs doesn’t mean that I shun data tables. I insert the occasional table inside the body of my report, and each report’s appendices are full of tables, tables, and more tables. When creating traditional tables, I follow the Dark Horse Analytics guide….

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How to Make a Social Network Map with NodeXL

How to Make a Social Network Map with NodeXL

Note from Ann: Today’s guest post is from Johanna Morariu, Director of Innovation Network, AEA DVRTIG Chair, and dataviz aficionado. Basic social network analysis is something EVERYONE can do. So let’s try out one social network analysis tool, NodeXL, and take a peek at the…

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