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Chart Types Overview

It is important to choose an appropriate chart type for the type of data that you are presenting. This will determine how well the data can be interpreted when put in chart form. For example, if your dataset contains a lot of data points relative to the size of the chart, it may be better presented using an area, line, or scatter chart. Details how to prepare your data depending on the selected chart type, see Connecting to Data.

Choosing a Chart Type

Each chart type has unique characteristics to help you visualize your dataset. You can use any chart type to display your data, but your data will be easier to read when you use a chart type that is suitable to your data, based on what you are trying to show in your report. The following table summarizes chart features that affect the suitability of a chart to your particular dataset.

You can change the chart type after you have created it. For more information, see How to: Change a Chart Type.

Examples of many of these types of charts are available as sample reports in the local demos located under [InstallDir]\Examples.

Chart type Display ratio data Display stock data Display linear data Display multi-value data
Bar Charts
Line Charts
Area Charts
Column Charts
Pie Charts
Doughnut Charts
Polar Charts
Range Charts
Scatter Charts
Bubble Charts
OHLC Charts
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