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English 420 Visuals Guide If the visual is a…. It should… It should be used to… Table Compare data in columns instead of in rows Begin each column with a heading that stipulates the unit of measurement Converts all fractions to decimals Display exact quantities Compare large amounts of information in a small space Bar chart Clearly label the X and Y axis Label each bar instead of using a legend Arrange bars from smallest to largest or largest to smallest Uses a scale that is at least 75% as tall as it is wide and begins at 0 Uses a number scale in units of 1 or multiples of 2, 5, or 10 Make all the bars the same width
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Unformatted text preview: Make the space between the bars a different width than the bars themselves • Predict how much data falls into each group • Compare values that are noticeably different Line graph • Use no more than 3 lines per graph and makes clear distinctions between each line • Use a number of plotted points to avoid distortion • Include time as a variable • Accommodate many data points Pie Chart • Have both the total number and breakdowns (parts add up to 100%) • Has at least 2 and no more than 8 pie pieces • Starts with the largest pie piece at 12 o’clock position (straight up) • Compare parts to a whole...
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This note was uploaded on 02/13/2012 for the course ENGL 420 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Purdue.

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