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Types of Graphs [infographic]

Types of Graphs [infographic] | visual data | Scoop.it
Graphs are a visual treat, as they can present complex information in a quick and easy manner. Mostly graphs are used to reveal a trend, compare statistics or they can be even used to establish relationship between two different variables.

There are several types of graphs and each graph has different display properties to represent the data. Based on the information, choose a graph that depicts data in an effective way.
This infographic shares some interesting information about different graph types.
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A clear and straightforward infographic on the different types of visual representations of data related to charts and graphs, as well as typical applications and best practices...

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Nuts and Bolts of Chart Types

Nuts and Bolts of Chart Types | visual data | Scoop.it

This infographic provides a quick list of the types of charts that are available for analysts/marketers out there.

I do not intend to provide a comprehensive list, neither an accurate explanation of each (you will note!) But I do provide a 'tell me which graphs you use and I will tell you who you are' cheat sheet where I describe some of the personality types of people using different charts.

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How To Design Your Own Infographics...

How To Design Your Own Infographics... | visual data | Scoop.it

Infographics seem to be a real trend today, with new ones popping up daily on all sorts of subjects. From mortgages to ice cream, estimating software to infographics about infographics, there is very little now that hasn't been 'visualised' in some form. Many people don't realise that the term information graphic, or 'infographic' was first coined over 100 years ago, with the Coxcomb chart by Florence Nightingale in 1857 being one of earliest recognised examples. They have existed in many forms since then, but only in the past few years have infographics developed into the art form we know today.

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Understanding the Concept Behind Infographics

Understanding the Concept Behind Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it
Content has its own importance on a website however; mostly people judge an entire website over images and graphics used. So, the images used on a website should convey your basic message and purpose of the website.

If there is a complex piece of information which should be delivered to a viewer in a simpler manner, Infographics are a way to do so. Used by technical writers, statisticians and many others to simplify the process of conveying a complex message. At times, presenting too much of information in written form can confuse the viewer and also it gets time taking. So, in such cases Infographics assist in understanding...

A few elements are required for Infographics. First of all you should have a clear knowledge about the message you want to deliver. Once you are sure of that, you would require color coding, graphics, reference icons, time frames, statistics and off course references...

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A Line Walks Into a Bar

A Line Walks Into a Bar | visual data | Scoop.it
We all know visualizations can be a great way to represent data, but some visualizations are better than others at certain data.

Sometimes, a bar chart is better than a line chart. This is because visualizations don’t just represent data, they also represent qualities of data.

 

One of these qualities is the degree of continuity. There are three main levels of continuity that data can have.

-Continuous: These are values like Temperature or Time. They can be subdivided into infinitely small increments.
-Discrete: These are values like Number of Elephants. They have a set amount of accuracy, often nothing smaller than 1. Usually each member of these values is numbered, not named.
-Categorical: These are values like States or Fruits. These are also discrete, but the values are different enough from each other to each have a name.


Now that we know we have these levels, and we know what they are, how do we visualize them best?

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d3.js ~ Examples of Visualization Types

d3.js ~ Examples of Visualization Types | visual data | Scoop.it

D3 is not traditional visualization framework. Instead of a system with all the features one may ever need, D3 solves the crux of the problem: efficient manipulation of data-based documents. This gives flexibility, exposing the full capabilities of underlying technologies such as CSS3, HTML5 & SVG.

With minimal overhead, D3 is extremely fast, supporting large datasets and dynamic behaviors for interaction and animation. And, for those common needs, D3’s functional style allows code reuse through a diverse collection of optional modules.

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