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3 Creating Charts That Show Trends
Figure 3.1 shows a chart with only nine data points, which that a column chart is
meaningful. Figure 3.2 shows a chart of 100+ data points. With this detail, you should switch to a
line chart in order to show the trend.
Figure 3.1
With 12 or fewer data
points, column charts are
viable and informative.
Figure 3.2
When you go beyond
12 data points, it is best
to switch to a line chart
without individual data
points. The middle chart
in this figure shows the
same dataset as a line
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