Pareto beats out Playfair’s pie charts
- The Pareto (80/20) graph helps us analyze the distribution of sales with a category.
- We use bar charts to take the guessing out of which category has more sales.
- Though not the top seller, the high concentration of sales in Furniture is clearer.
On an interesting note, William Playfair also invented the bar chart — before he invented the pie chart ! Brilliant and bizarre. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Playfair
Attend my webinars or caught me in the right mood? Then you know The Tyranny of Pie Charts™
I recently heard Paul Simon’s 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover and was inspired to create this blog series. He only lists five ways, so I’m doubling the ante.
These ideas are designed to equally inspire you to leave those pie charts. EXCELSIOR!
This blog series launched on March 14, Pi Day. Here’s the pie chart view that will receive of a healthy dose of criticism.