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Gallery: Area Profile + Bubble chart

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Benefits & pitfalls

Benefits & pitfalls: bubble chart

  • Using area or volume to represent data can distort data values, and exaggerate differences between values. For example, if the radius of the circle is used to represent data values, the area of the circle will quadruple if the data values double. There is also an issue of 'perceptual scaling' - the tendency of people to underestimate areas.

How to create your own

Create your own: bubble chart

  • Bubble charts can be created in a range of standard data applications such as Excel.

Bubble map

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Location of high-tech companies and size of workforce.
Average rating: 7 (4 votes)
Visual types:

map, bubble chart, bubble map

Bullseye Bubble Chart

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Measure of who is meeting their Kyoto climate change targets.
Average rating: 5.1 (6 votes)
Visual types:

bubble chart, bubble map

Gapminder compound chart

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Interactive/animated multiple-axis chart used on Gapminder site, here showing % Urban Population plotted against Life Expectancy.
Average rating: 5.6 (5 votes)
Visual types:

animation, bubble chart

Map (multi layer): Ageing population

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Map showing population trends and change in the old age population. To compare both impacts of population growth and aging population.
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Obama's economic stimulus plan

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Bubble graph put together by CreditLoan.
Average rating: 5 (2 votes)
Visual types:

bubble chart

Target growth across America

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Animation showing growth of target stores across America, from Flowing Data.
Average rating: 8.5 (2 votes)