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Chapter 15. Visualizing Your Message wit... > Understanding Graphs and Charts

Understanding Graphs and Charts

If a picture is worth a thousand words, it's easily worth a thousand numbers. Tables or columns of numbers often appear dry, uninteresting, and difficult to understand—but a chart that shows a graphical representation of the same information can impart instant understanding. It can enable you to see both individual data points and patterns so that you can spot developing trends you'd never notice just by looking at numbers. It can consolidate facts that communicate the big picture more clearly. Not least, well-designed charts make documents look better.

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If you want to know more about communicating effectively and honestly with charts, graphs, and statistics, consider these two classic books:

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Edward R. Tufte, Graphics Press.

How to Lie with Statistics, Darrell Huff, Irving Geis, W.W. Norton & Co.



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