Tag archive for Line Graph

Removing the Double Y Axis

Removing the Double Y Axis

My least favorite charts of all time include clustered bar charts, 3D exploding pie charts, and line charts with two y axes. By now, hopefully you know my style. I’m not just going to complain about a graph without offering an alternative. Sometimes we need…

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How to Place Labels Directly on Top of Your Line Graph

How to Place Labels Directly on Top of 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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One Dataset, Five Line Charts

One Dataset, Five Line Charts

I recently partnered with a group of public health researchers. We were brainstorming different ways to display┬áthe number of new HIV infections in each subgroup. The organization wanted to compare HIV infections among men who have sex with men (MSM), African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and injection…

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Axis Labels, Data Labels, or Both? Four Line Graph Styles to Consider

Axis Labels, Data Labels, or Both? Four Line Graph Styles to Consider

Data visualization is more about strategic thinking than about following steadfast rules. Take a simple line graph, for example. How will you label your line graph? With vertical axis labels and light gray grid lines? With labels directly above or on top of the data…

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Directly Labeling Your Line Graphs

Directly Labeling Your Line Graphs

I recently saw this graph at http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2014/10/21/357629765/when-women-stopped-coding. The topic caught my attention but the labels made me cringe. This graph is challenging to read in color (which turquoise category goes with which line?) and would be impossible to read when printed or photocopied in black…

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