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Best way to show your skills on a resume?

I'm working on my resume and I want to make it kind of attractive. However, I'm still doubting about how I should display the skills section. I tried several thing like percentage bars for every ...
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Best graph for data with both very large and very small values

I'm working on a Statistical Analysis project and I have to draw a bar or column graph to show data that has both very large and very small values. Like for example: Number | Count ------...
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Design for a scatter plot graph

I am designing a data vis platform and there are two primary form factors of the graphs, large and small. In designing these graphs, I'm trying to avoid the terminal ugliness of most platforms while ...
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Shaded line graphs: Good or bad?

I've been staring at this design for way too long and I need an outside view. These are not stacked line graphs (a no-no in data vis) but two graphs occupying the same space. Does the shaded area ...
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Best graph to show multiple data types

I've got a design a dashboard regarding a sample data set! The data I use is the population in US. I've come up with some data which has multiple figure types such as percentages, amounts, USD rates ...
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When hovering over a chart, which cursor:pointer style should be used?

What is best practice for cursor pointer choice when hovering over a chart that contains interactive elements? It currently seems to be the standard pointer which does not inform or educate the user. ...
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Navigating and Examining Chart Data

I need to create 2 types of charts: Represents change over time Represents difference at a specific time For chart 1 I have a simple basic line chart which seems to work pretty well, but I'm having ...
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Ideal visualization for popular book pages [closed]

Curious for some input regarding the ideal visualization for the most popular pages in a book. We have a data set that shows traffic (hits, essentially). The use case is this: We're tracking songs ...
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How to show that a chart is a zoomed-in version of a different one?

I have two side-by-side charts, showing some time series data. What would be the best way to convey that: The second chart is a zoomed-in version of the first one Give an indication of what is the ...
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How to indicate that something isn't to scale?

Background I'm developing a UI for displaying production equipment (pumps, tubing strings, FCDs, etc.) in an oil well. Most oil wells have equipment that is very unevenly spaced. For example, there ...
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How can I improve my chart?

I am working with a client on a sales forecasting app, and part of the excercise is mgmnt-reporting and charting. pls. see the following image: the two charts on the left side show Actual Sales vs. ...
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How to display zero in Line Chart ?

What's better way to display zero value in a Line chart ? The A chart display zero value separate from X and Y axis. I don't know the reason why because normally I see a lot of line chart like B : ...
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Is multistability a good thing on a donut?

Current I'm reviewing an email application that currently has the following chart on the dashboard, where the default state is the left one (contacts), and the second state appear on right after ...
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When and how can a floating column chart be useful?

Box plots are sometimes used to represent a range in a single value, but I am curious if a similar presentation would be useful in representing an overlaid column chart. By using the same color as the ...
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Chart with an inverse latency axis

My app shows a scatter graph where the X axis is a number of actions (higher is better) and the Y axis is a latency (lower is better). When we have shown it to customers, they got confused because ...
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What is the best chart type for present, “track of orders or order status”?

I'm developing an application for ticket ordering system, for each and every task there is a ticket for you,and those tickets are assign to relevant employee, and for that particular task there is a ...
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Displaying statistics: Use spider graphs? [closed]

Is a spider graph or progress bars better to display a set of statistics/attributes? E.g. pace, shooting accuracy, dribbling for a football player.
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How to visually display overlapping information

For example, take the following data, with: - Recipients - Sent Mails - Opens - Bounced I want to show the data like this: First whole pie for the reciepents. (100%) Sent mail (80%) Opens (30%) ...
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What is the best way to show granularity for histograms?

I am working on a project that has histogram charts displayed to the user. After the first draft, the client made a request for more granularity. So in a histogram that looks something like this They ...
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Chart “Plan” Versus “Actual” for a time series?

What kind of charts show Plan (forecast) versus Actual for a series of points in time? Examples: Goal vs Actual sales in each quarter of the year Forecast vs Actual energy consumption in each month ...
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Prototyping for data visualisation

In many prototyping cases, I have to generate charts, graphs and all sorts of data visualizations. I'm looking for tools to easily and rapidly generate those. Currently MS Excel does the job for me, ...
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How to create a consistent user experience for a dynamic chart

I am creating a website that will display data using Highcharts. On any given chart, there are various different filters the user can apply to see different aspects of the underlying data (e.g. time ...
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UX solution for data points display and other good tips for charts on mobile screens

I created a chart using wijmo5. (Click here to see the actual chart in action) The client wants and I quote, mouse-over / finger-press will show the exact data for that datapoint on the mobile ...
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Creative Methods to Allow Users to Select Chart Series

This is a very generic question, but I have a graph that will be plotting attendance data for the public schools in my district. The users would like to see this data grouped by district, High Schools,...
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Best visualization for combinations

What kind of a visualization/chart should I use for showing all the ways you can choose from a set of items? (i.e., number of possible combinations) Concretely, I am showing potential offspring from ...
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How to accessibly specify units in a table?

I'm working on a web page with a series of charts that are built from visually-hidden HTML tables for accessibility - the idea being that the tables present the data in a form suitable for screen ...
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How to improve legibility of chart with gathered lines?

I manage a website which displays the evolution of sport teams in their championships using line charts. See the image below with 2 examples for 2 sports. The X axis show the played matches (time), ...
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What's the best chart layout for displaying profit/cost/revenue/turnover

Some background I work as an independent consultant, and as such I use multiple 3rd party software to keep track of my billable hours, sent invoices, due taxes, bank mutations, etc. However, as with ...
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Line graph/chart - straight or smooth curves?

I'm working on dashboard and researching different kind of graphs that could be used. I couldn't find any information about usability/UX differences between line charts that are using straight (A) or ...
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Design pattern to display missing data in line/bar chart of a daily data feed

I am displaying a daily data feed in my app, i.e. one value per day. The data is displayed in either a bar or line chart. In the event that a data point is missing on a given day, I want to indicate ...
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Best Type of Chart for Numbers inside Matrix?

I have a matrix that looks like the following, and I want to make a chart out of it because the numbers are just too much to look at. What is the easiest way to digest this information? We are trying ...
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How/should I display data that has different units in a chart?

I need to display some data for users to look at at track their progress, and at first I thought of using a line chart, which at a glance seems okay. But the problem is there are 2 different units ...
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how to optimize candlestick charts from finance

I am learning how to make candlestick charts with my computers. There are a number of libraries doing this already, but I have worked from scratch. Here is my example. There seem to be variants out ...
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Quantifying activity by the time of a day of the week

First post here, but I'm really having trouble getting an idea of how to visualize a certain piece of data for a project. Right now, we are trying to show a certain amount of activity on a given day ...
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Which D3JS data chart is most similar to a scheduler?

I realize this is a borderline SO question. I am trying to figure out which of the examples on D3JS most closely resembles a scheduler or Gantt chart so I can use it in our app. I think bullet ...
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How to display more than 20 data sets?

I have a bunch of data I would like to display in several static graphs. In this particular case, it's the amount of visits different parts of a website has throughout time, for analytics purposes. ...
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Interaction with a tooltip on a line chart

I am designing a line chart which displays a tooltip when the user hovers over the chart to show extra information. A working example of what I am currently using can be seen here. I am interested in ...
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What is easy to perceive? Width or height?

Let say I have to show the difference between two values then what will be the best to show the values horizontally or vertically. Edit: I need to know in which graph it would be easier to compare ...
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Displaying user skills with pie chart (in percentage)

I have seen various job templates where users have shown concepts to show skills in a percentage value or pie charts. Below are some examples of that: Source: Source: Source: Is this really a ...
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How should I display labels on an unbounded scale?

I have a colour scale, used as a legend for a choropleth, that looks like this: The legend represents distance from the mean. However, the ends of the scale are not clamped - the uppermost range may ...
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Improving data usability

I'm working on a new version of a data analysis for robotics competitions. Among other things, I'd like to make it easier to view complex match statistics that are collected on each robot. Currently ...
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How to color curves in a Timeseries Chart?

I have a realtime timeseries chart which should show a variety of values. To make it mor clear: It should contain values for a solar park. Therefore I have stuff like Voltage, Current, Power (absolute ...
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Order of user operations when creating a graphical chart

I'm writing a piece of software that involves users creating graphical charts. After they select the data they want (time period, location, etc.) what order should the next operations below take place?...
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how to illustrate dependence of time of day?

I need to demonstrate that move people spend more time checking their e-mail at certain times of day than others. So I created this chart: I thought it was this was apparent, but it proved too much ...
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Where to place the Y axis label

I would like to improve the readability of the label on charts. At the moment there look like this download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups What is the best placement ...
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Dashboard for displaying widgets with lots of similar output

I am trying to create a dashboard to be displayed in an office on a TV screen which allows staff to quickly see relevant statistics. For each statistic it needs to show the current value as well as a ...
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chart that shows input and output and total

Sorry if it is a duplicate; I looked around but I could not reach a similar post. I am looking for a chart that will demonstrate both the input and the output as well as the total. I could use a ...
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Hide or display a chart while its updating

I am working on a chart application and the user changes options many times to update the chart. Sometimes the updating may take few second. (A) Should I hide it to avoid any misunderstanding about ...
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Real time filtering vs Apply filters button?

We are integrating a BI tool into our maintenance system and I am currently evaluating two viable products to put forward as a recommendation. One item where these tools differ is their filtering ...
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Why do histograms not have spaces in between bars (as opposed to a bar graph)?

Lets say one wants a histogram . Say how many trades for a stock occurred on that day. And they are dead set on a histogram/bar graph. (as opposed to other representations why are histograms ...