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Chart Series: Column Chart or Histogram?

Both column charts and histograms display varying quantities using vertical bars plotted on a two-axis graph. If you take a glance at the charts below, you’ll likely notice that the major difference between the two has to do with the size of the gaps between columns. Column charts typically have distinct gaps, while histograms have […]

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Chart Series: Clustered or Stacked-Column Charts?

Column charts are often used to compare values across categories. As a specific example, we’ve plotted the number of social media followers a website might have on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. If you want to present more complex data using the same basic type of chart, you could do so with a clustered-column chart or […]

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Chart Series: Line or Area Chart?

In the first article in our Charts Series, we tackled the question of when to use bar and column charts. In this new article (second in the series) let’s proceed to the similarities and differences between line charts and area charts. Line and area charts have a similar look. In a line chart, you see […]

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