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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 oclock position (straight up) Compare parts to a whole...
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