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Which chart or graph is right for you?


You’ve got data and you’ve got questions. But which types of charts and graphs can help you get to the heart of your goal?

This paper describes eleven types of charts and graphs to help you determine when to use each. It also includes dozens of tips on how to enhance visualizations to make your data pop. But you won’t want to stop there.

Once you’ve got a chart or graph that answers your initial question, you’ll have more. Creating visualizations that are interactive gives you the power to ask – and answer – questions as quickly as you think of them. And combining interactive charts and graphs with each other on a dashboard makes the impact of your data explode. For each type of chart and graph described, you’ll be able to experience for yourself the impact of interacting directly with data by selecting an image.

The types of charts and graphs described in the paper include:

  • Bar
  • Line
  • Pie
  • Map
  • Scatter plot
  • Gantt
  • Bubble
  • Histogram
  • Bullet
  • Heat map
  • Highlight table

Get started by creating the best type of chart for your data and questions. From there, you’ll quickly find you’re not only answering your initial questions, but telling amazing stories with your data.

Tableau Software
15 Aug 2013
15 Aug 2013
15 Page(s)
White Paper

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