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Home Visiting Dataviz: Three Steps to Making a Good Graph Great

Home Visiting Dataviz: Three Steps to Making a Good Graph Great

Whether you’re visiting a web site or a listening to a presentation, you’ve probably thought about data visualization as a helpful way to digest complex information. At its best, “data viz” communicates data simply and efficiently using a combination of graphs, graphics, and other forms…

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Visualizing Survey Results: Crowded Agree-Disagree Scales

Visualizing Survey Results: Crowded Agree-Disagree Scales

There’s more than one way to visualize those agree-disagree survey scales. Today, let’s look at seven of your choices.   Survey results Last month I spoke to Harvard University graduate students about visualizing survey results. I made up some fake numbers to accompany their real survey questions….

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Will You Present the Data As-Is, or Tell a Story?

Will You Present the Data As-Is, or Tell a Story?

Viewer considerations are key: What type of information do your viewers need to see? What information do they already have? What information are they expecting? How many points in time should be included? Will you present aggregated or disaggregated findings? How long do you anticipate…

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The Simplification & Emphasis Approach to Editing Graphs

The Simplification & Emphasis Approach to Editing Graphs

I teach about data visualization a lot. And it basically comes down to two techniques: simplification and emphasis. Here’s a default graph with fictional data: First, simplify the graph. Remove the border. Remove the horizontal grid lines. Remove the vertical axis. Remove the legend. Remove…

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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 tables. I insert the occasional table inside the body of my report. Every report’s appendices are full of tables, tables, and more tables. When creating traditional tables, I follow the Dark Horse Analytics guide. When I’m…

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