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Avoiding pie charts

June 4, 2013 Filed under Blog, Featured, Posters, Writing 

Pie Charts Suck!

Are these individual pie charts easy to get quantitative information from?

How about when presented like this?

As you can see, obtaining quantitative information from pie charts is near impossible. And, if you want to compare two of them, you can generally tell only the most obvious differences. A more carefully constructed plot using horizontal bar charts makes the data much easier to interpret.

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One Response to “Avoiding pie charts”
  1. Tim Gregory says:

    Great tip!
    I’ll definitely use this in my independent mapping report.

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