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Are Bar Graphs Still Useful?

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Are bar graphs dead?

Post by danfdeblasio » Wed May 06, 2015 3:09 pm

This paper came out a couple weeks ago making a pretty good argument that more information can be more informative if you use some representation other than bar or line graphs:
(The overuse use of bar graphs) is problematic, as many different data distributions can lead to the same bar or line graph
For the examples they use, I agree, the scatter plots or connection graphs definitely have more information and convey a different idea. The problem I have with this argument is that when the number of points you are talking about is very high then its is going to become more unclear. I think there is still a time and place for bar charts/line graphs, but its an interesting read none the less.

http://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/ar ... io.1002128
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