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Charting Data

Although a list of data facts can yield interesting business conclusions, there is something about the way data is displayed in a chart that can foster faster and easier data analysis. If the old saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” is true, perhaps we can state with equal conviction that “a chart is worth a thousand data records.” Stock charts, weather maps, pie charts, bell curves, and growth charts are just a few of the many examples of charts that we use in our everyday lives. You can use several types of charts in Microsoft data analysis software applications:

Column charts, bar charts, and line charts usually display one column, bar, or line per data field or category. Columns, bars, and lines can also be stacked on top of, in front of, or behind each other instead of side by side. Columns and bars are commonly represented as rectangles, but they can also be represented as cylinders, cones, or pyramids.


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