Category Archives: Chart of the Week

Chart of the Week: Visualizing Multi-​select survey questions

Visu­al­iz­ing multi-​select sur­vey ques­tions (where the respon­dents can pro­vide mul­ti­ple answers) is chal­leng­ing to sum­ma­rize since pie charts and 100% bar charts do not work well since the parts can add up to be more than 100%. In the book Pic­tur­ing the Uncer­tain World: How to Under­stand, Com­mu­ni­cate, and Con­trol Uncer­tainty through Graph­i­cal Dis­play, the […]

Chart of the Week: Bucket vs. Pail

What’s the dif­fer­ence between a pail and a bucket? Accord­ing to this chart in Word Geog­ra­phy of the East­ern States (Kurath, 1941), most of the New Eng­land and New York use “pail” (tri­an­gle) , while Penn­syl­va­nia and the lower mid-​Atlantic states use “bucket”. Data con­text: Kurath had local research teams who focused on cities and […]

Chart of the Week: Climate: Chennai, Oban, Sapporo

T hree cli­mate charts show­ing Chen­nai (Madras) India, Oban, Scot­land UK, and Sap­poro, Hokkaido Japan. These charts con­dense monthly cli­mate data — high, low, aver­age tem­per­a­ture, and days of sun­shine into one text-​based chart. (Source: Wikipedia) Chen­nai is warm year-​round with a dis­tinct rainy sea­son in October-​November and light pre­cip­i­ta­tion in Jan– May. Oban is […]