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Pie Charts and Bar Charts

Pie Charts and Bar Charts are useful methods for displaying the distribution of qualitative data. Adrian explains their use and interpretation here.

Do we want to know how different products contribute to profit? Then a pie chart might be the answer. Do we want to know how many sales we had for different salespersons? Then a bar chart might be the answer.

These are just two easy examples of when a pie or bar chart can provide a quick and effective description of your data. In this video, Adrian talks about these types of charts and how they can be used. You’ve probably seen them before, though, as there are so many questions they are helpful for.

Let’s discuss

In the comments below, share an example of when you may use a pie chart vs a bar graph in your own work or study.

Soon we’ll step through how we made these charts in Microsoft Excel. For now, if you are comfortable with these two charts, let’s move on to start learning about Histograms.

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