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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.

Document contrast diagram

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Document contrast diagrams use the familiar bubble technique and effective use of colour to contrast topic usage in two bodies of text. Gives a visual summary of the content of two text documents that illustrates shared words, words that are unique to one document or the other, word frequency, relative size of the two documents, distribution of emotional tone within the documents, related words based on co-occurrence, and the most common word in each document segment. This example is the 2007 and 2008 US State of the Union (SOTU) Addresses.
Average rating: 7.3 (4 votes)
Visual types:

bubble chart, qualitative

Dot plot

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This chart shows a comparison between the level of capitalisation at two time points.
Average rating: 8 (1 votes)
Visual types:

bubble chart, dot plot

Interactive bubble chart

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From the website: "This image is a “balloon race”. The higher a bubble, the greater the evidence for its effectiveness. But the supplements are only effective for the conditions listed inside the bubble".
Average rating: 7.4 (5 votes)
Visual types:

bubble chart

World Bank Data Visualizer

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The World Bank has created a complex visualisation tool to make available 49 indicators for 209 countries and 18 aggregates from 1960-2007. Data includes social, economic, financial, information & technology, and environmental indicators. The visualisation is completely customizable bubble chart in the spirit of 'gapminder' and the user selects the x and y axis dimensions as well as the variable that determine the size of the bubbles and the time point to be displayed.
Average rating: 3.5 (4 votes)