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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)
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bubble chart

Bubble chart

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County level 2008 US presidential election returns.
Average rating: 5.5 (18 votes)

Bubble chart

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Presidential Vote Margin by County for Pennsylvania, 2008.
Average rating: 7.1 (23 votes)
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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

Bullseye Bubble Chart

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Measure of who is meeting their Kyoto climate change targets.
Average rating: 4.6 (5 votes)
Visual types:

bubble chart, bubble map

Circular proportional area chart

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Comparison of peak sales and 2008 sales for various G.M. brands.
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Visual types:

bubble chart, table

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

Compound bubble and pie chart

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UK consumer spending broken down into categories (bubble size) and, within that, durability (pie chart).
Average rating: 7 (5 votes)

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

Double document shared word diagrams

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Double Document Shared Word Diagrams compare and contrast two documents by showing both the unique and shared vocabulary and its distribution across the two documents of interest. The two columns of squares represent the two documents. The leftmost column of word circles shows the highest frequency non-trivial words found in document 1 but not document 2. The rightmost column of word circles shows those words unique to 2 and the central column shows the words that are common to both.<br />You can also input your text and generate your own visualisation.
Average rating: 5.8 (4 votes)

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

Google Data Explorer

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This interactive tool developed by Google offers a large amount of data, ranging from databases on public debt in Europe (in the screenshot) to education statistics in California. It is fully flexible so the user can select can choose between line, char graphs and maps, as well as the contextual information to be displayed.
Average rating: 8.7 (3 votes)

Interactions chart

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Interactive chart enabling users to explore interactions between ethnicity, gender, type of abuse and likelihood of being a victim of child abuse. Values can be displayed using bars, bubbles, colours and position on the chart.
Average rating: 3 (1 votes)

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

Interview data

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This visualisation shows the volume of respondents with a particular view/experience and, within that, their characteristics. The vertical axes shows the value being measured (in this case annoyance by noisy neighbours). The Horizontal axis shows the numerical value of people responding to a particular level of the given value.
Average rating: 4 (1 votes)
Visual types:

bubble chart, qualitative

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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Matrix chart

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The matrix chart divides the screen into a grid. Rows represent the values in one text column (e.g., political candidate) and columns represent another text column (e.g., states of the US). Each cell then shows a circle or bar that represents the value for its row/column combination (e.g., contribution to Hillary Clinton from New York).
Average rating: 5 (1 votes)

Obama's economic stimulus plan

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Bubble graph put together by CreditLoan.
Average rating: 5 (2 votes)
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bubble chart

Population projection

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This is a very rich infographic that combines several visualisation types: bubble chart, population pyramid, comparative line charts, a map, pie charts and it is additionally fully annotated. The picture itself is crossed by a line (without reference axis) that communicates the main message of the infographic: the rapid population growth experienced by the UK in recent decades. The supplementary charts display information about population proportions, population densities, age and gender structure, comparison between migration related and “natural” population change, fertility rates during the last 35 years and lastly population changes by government region during 2007-08. The display is very rich and is successful at grabbing’s the reader’s attention by offering an appealing combination of related data.
Average rating: 6 (3 votes)

Selectable bubble chart

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US political party affiliation for each religious tradition - bubble size shows percentage of religion affiliated with chosen party.
Average rating: 2.8 (4 votes)
Visual types:

bubble chart

Speech bubble browser

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Guardian interactive diagram showing proportion of words devoted to particular themes during Gordon Brown's speech to US congress (March 2009).
Average rating: 9 (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

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)

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)