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Gallery: Bubble chart + Area 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: area chart

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

Create your own: bubble chart

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

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