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Choosing a Good Chart

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Choosing a Good Chart

shared by rmmojado on Mar 23
Here's something we came up with to help you consider which chart to use. It was inspired by the table in Gene Zelazny's classic work Saying It With Charts (p. 27 in the 4th. ed).


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