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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.

Adjacent bubble charts comparing popular topics

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An interactive exploration of how current topics across American politicians on Twitter compares to those across American news outlets on Twitter.
Average rating: 6.3 (6 votes)
Visual types:

bubble chart

Bubble chart of UK public spending by government department

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Total UK government public spending, by department. The area of the circles represents the total spend, and the colours are used to distinguish the different departments
Average rating: 8.7 (45 votes)
Visual types:

bubble chart, area chart

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

Comparative bubble chart

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Bubble map comparing landmass and population to measure population density. The outer bubble depicts area(sq km) and the inner bubble depicts population. The larger the inner bubble relative to the outer bubble, the higher the level of population density.
Average rating: 4 (1 votes)
Visual types:

bubble chart

Stacked bubbles

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These bubbles visualise the expectations of people to see a woman as President of the United States.
Average rating: 4 (3 votes)
Visual types:

bubble chart