Chart Types

Line Charts

Line Chart - a graphical representation of data points that are connected by a line. Line charts show trends across time.

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Area Chart - similar to a line chart, area charts emphasize changes in values by using colors to graphically compare quantities.

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Column and Bar Charts

Column Chart - a graphical representation of a series of data using vertical columns. Column charts are often used to compare different items, or to identify data changes over time.

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Stacked Column Chart - when you want to display data but break it down to its constituents, stacked charts can be used to compare data sets. For example, if you wanted to show monthly sales, but break the monthly columns into products versus services, you could use a stacked chart to demonstrate this.

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Bar Chart - allows for horizontal formatting of data.

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Stacked Bar Chart - bar charts can also be displayed as stacked charts.

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Combo Charts

Standard Combo Chart - allows you to compare different types of data, where data series are represented using different chart types or by adding an additional axis. Combo charts are useful for analysis (e.g., for identifying problems, highlighting significant progress, etc.) because differing data sets can be easily compared.

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Stacked Combo Chart - combo charts can also be created with stacked columns.

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Pie and Doughnut Charts

Pie Chart - a graphical representation of data points as percentages, a pie chart shows comparison of parts to the whole. The percentage is determined so that the data points are proportional to the combined sum of the data series.

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Doughnut Chart - doughnut charts compare parts to the whole, with categories represented by individual slices, displaying the data in rings.

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Other Charts

Waterfall Chart - these charts depict an initial and final value in the form of whole columns, with floating columns in between, demonstrating negative and positive values that have impact.

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Scatter Chart - a chart of plotted points displaying the relationship between two sets of data.

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Bubble Chart - a chart of plotted points displaying three aspects of the data: the position on the X axis, the position on the Y axis, and the relative size.

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