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Different Graphs

Different Graphs

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Published by Pushkar Vijayaram
What type of graph you should use. Article found online.
What type of graph you should use. Article found online.

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Published by: Pushkar Vijayaram on Mar 22, 2012
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What Type of Graph Do I Use?Type of GraphExample Example of When GraphUsedDescription Advantages DisadvantagesBar Graph
Types of petsand the number ofstudents who ownthem
Students andthe number of hoursspent watching tv aweekBar graphs areused tocompare thingsbetweendifferent groupsor to trackchanges overtime.
Visually strong
Can easilycompare two orthree pieces ofdata
Categoriescan bereorderedcausing graph tobe misleading
Use only withdistinct data
CircleGraph
(a.k.a PieGraph)
DisplayingMonthly Budget
Displaying Typesof After SchoolActivities
Displaying Typesof Pizza toppingsA circle graph isbest when youare trying tocompare partsof a whole. Theydo not showchange overtime.
Visuallyappealing
Showspercent of totalfor each category
Best with 3 to7 categories
Hard tocompare variousdata sets sincethe exactamount of each‘set’ is unknown
“Other”category toovague andcauses aproblem
Total piecesof data (orsurveyed) istypicallyunknown unlessspecified
Use only with
 
What Type of Graph Do I Use?Type of GraphExample Example of When GraphUsedDescription Advantages Disadvantages
distinct data
FrequencyTable
Number ofHomeruns in aseason
Height ofstudents in a classA frequencytable shows thenumber ofpieces of datathat fall withingiven intervals.
Visually strong
Shows totalnumber of data
Intervals maybe inaccurate ortoo large
Exact dataunknown due tointervals
Histogram
Test scores toNumber of Students
Ages ofshoppers to amountof money spent at astoreHistograms aresimilar to bargraphs . ..except,histograms doNOT havespaces (or gaps)betweencategories.
Visually strong
Can compareto ‘normal bell’curve
Usually the y-axis is a count ofitems falling intoeach category
Cannot readexact valuesbecause data isgrouped intocategories
More difficultto compare twodata sets
Use only withdistinct data
 
What Type of Graph Do I Use?Type of GraphExample Example of When GraphUsedDescription Advantages DisadvantagesLine Graph
Your gradethroughout the nineweeks
Cost of aPlaystation 3 since itwas released
The number oflaps you can do inthe pacer test duringPEA scatter plotwith the ‘dots’connected.Multiple piecesof data sets canbe graphed onthe same linegraph, but thena key is needed.
Can comparemultiplecontinuous datasets easily
Trends of dataare easily seenover time
Use only withcontinuous data
Line Plot
Test scores(could bedifferentiatedbetween boys andgirls)
Ages in a groupA line plotdisplays the dataabove a numberline by placingmarks for eachpiece of dataover thecorrespondingvalue.
Visually strong
Easilycompare two setsof data
May bemisleading if‘marks’ are notequal size

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