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Visualizing Survey Results: Assessing Knowledge Before and After a Program

Visualizing Survey Results: Assessing Knowledge Before and After a Program

A couple weeks ago I spoke to Harvard University graduate students about visualizing survey results. This not at all to very survey scale is quite common in my research circles so I’m sharing our ideas with all of you, too.   Before Here are some of the…

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Bar Charts: Vertical or Horizontal?

Bar Charts: Vertical or Horizontal?

“Ann, should my bar charts be horizontal or vertical?” Ordinal variables get vertical bars Ordinal variables follow a natural progression—an order. I arrange ordinal categories from left to right so my viewers can view the sequence across the page, which means their bars are vertical. Use…

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Nominal, Sequential, or Diverging? Simple Strategies for Improving Any Chart’s Colors

Nominal, Sequential, or Diverging? Simple Strategies for Improving Any Chart’s Colors

Colors can make or break a chart. Colors direct our eye movements, and therefore our brains and attention. It’s up to you: will you help or hinder your reader’s understanding? Here are some simple strategies for communicating clearly with chart color.   Strategy 1: Select…

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