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Online Resources

Visualization Types - High Level

  • Exploration
  • Explanation

Visualization Goals

  • Comparison & ranking
  • Distribution
  • Composition
  • Relationship
  • Correlation

Visualization Categories with Examples

  • 1D/Linear
    • List
  • Geographical
    • Map
  • 2D area/planar
    • Cartogram
    • Choropleth
    • Dot distribution map
    • Proportional symbol map
    • Contour/isopleth/isarithmic map
    • Dasymetric map
    • Self-organizing map
  • 3D/Volumetric
    • Surface
    • Volumes
  • Comparison & ranking
    • Bar chart
  • Trends over time
    • Line charts
    • Area charts
    • Bar charts
  • Temporal
    • Connected scatter plot
    • Polar area diagram
    • Time series
    • Timeline
    • Gantt chart
    • Stream graph/ThemeRiver
    • Arc diagram
    • Polar area/rose/circumplex chart
    • Sankey diagram
    • Alluvial diagram
  • Correlation
    • Scatter plots
  • Part-to-whole
    • Pie chart (avoid if possible)
    • Stacked bar chart
  • Distribution
    • Box plot
    • Histogram
  • Multidimensional/nD
    • Pie chart
    • Histogram
    • Scatter plot
    • Wordle, tag cloud
    • Unordered bubble chart/bubble cloud
    • Bar chart, radial bar chart
    • Tree map
    • Bubble chart
    • Line chart
    • Step chart
    • Area chart/stacked graph
    • Heat map
    • Parallel coordinates/parallel sets
    • Radar/spider chart
    • Box and whisker plot/candlestick chart
    • Mosaic display/Marimekko chart
    • Waterfall chart
    • Small multiples
  • Hierarchical/Tree
    • General tree visualization
    • Dendrogram
    • Radial tree
    • Hyperbolic tree
    • Ring chart
    • Tree diagram
    • Tree map
    • Wedge stack graph (radial hierarchy)/sunburst
    • Icicle/partition chart
  • Network
    • Alluvial diagram
    • Node-link diagram
    • Matrix
    • Dependency graph/circular hierarchy
    • Hive plot
    • Subway/tube map