Data Visualization Cheat Sheet

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Picking the Right Data Visualization

Picking the right visualization technique can be tricky. Your data could technically work well with multiple types of plots, but you need to pick the one that ensures your message is clear, accurate, and concise.

In general, line, bar, and column charts are good to represent change over time. Pie charts can show parts-of-a-whole, and scatter plots are nice if you have a lot of data.

To make your life easier here is a cool cheat sheet on selecting the right visualization methods from the Harvard CS-109 extension program:

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