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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.
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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
chart.
 
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