The easiest way to get started is to decide what trend you need to show. Breaking things down into the following four categories will help you select the appropriate graphic type for your data.
|Column Graph||Line Graph||Bar Chart||Map|
If you want to compare elements in your data, your four best options are: column graph, line graph, bar chart or map.
|Pie Chart||Stacked Bar Chart||Tree Map||Map|
If you want to show the make-up of elements in your data, your four best options are: pie chart, stacked bar chart, tree map or map.
|Line Graph||Histogram||Scatter plot||Map|
If you want to show the distribution of elements in your data, your four best options are: line graph, histogram, scatter plot or map.
|Scatter plot||Network diagram||Bubble graph|
If you want to show the relationships between elements in your data, your five best options are: scatter plot, network diagram, bubble graph, concept model or map.