In an increasingly data-driven world, it is more important than ever for students as well as professionals to better understand basic statistical concepts. 100 Questions (and Answers) About Statistics addresses the essential questions that students ask about statistics in a concise and accessible way. It is perfect for instructors, students, and practitioners as a supplement to more comprehensive materials, or as a desk reference with quick answers to the most frequently asked questions.

What Are Some Guidelines for Creating Effective Illustrations of Data?

What Are Some Guidelines for Creating Effective Illustrations of Data?

There are hundreds of ways in which you can chart data to make it visually interesting yet not overwhelming. And while we will deal with charts like line charts, pie charts, and bar charts in later sections of 100 Questions (and Answers), here are five things to keep in mind regardless of the type of chart being created and the type of data being presented.

  • Plan, plan, and then plan some more. Get out some graph paper and actually draw out how you would like the chart to appear, including title, axes titles if necessary, patterns, size, and any other important element of the presentation.
  • Present one idea per chart. While you could present several ideas ...
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