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Gallery: Bubble chart + Bubble map

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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.

Create your own: bubble map

  • Bubble maps can be created in a range of desktop GIS applications such as MapInfo and ArcGIS.

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

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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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)