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Are there any cons in using rounded corners for bar graphs?

There is a paper by Skau et al. (2015) that investigates in how far the effectiveness of bar charts is affected by different types of visual alternations. The authors tesed whether these alternations ...
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Are there any cons in using rounded corners for bar graphs?

If the users' goal is to read a specific or accurate value from the bar's length, then @Schmuddi's answer describes the importance of having a flat end. An example of this would be a traditional glass ...
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Showing a large amount of trend-lines on a single graph

For a quick look, rendering all the lines with low opacity allows seeing the most common values and any outliers quickly: Then you can provide a way to select groups or specific measurements to ...
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What's a better way to show number of staff at a location on a bar graph?

If you need to show correlation (or lack of it) between two sets of data like this, a dual-axis chart can do that. Here, the blobs are shown on the right-hand axis (What I can't do easily is put the ...
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What's a better way to show number of staff at a location on a bar graph?

Maybe simply show it close to but separate from the graph? So both pieces of information are clear to see and understand:
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Visualize asset age

Bars with individual years will be a better choice than age ranges because the ranged representation may hide fine details like the trend of new road constructions over the years. I would draw a bar ...
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Showing a large amount of trend-lines on a single graph

What's the use case here, what are you users looking for? I would try to focus on the insights that need to be derived from this graph, and see if there's a way to isolate them. E.g. just the outliers,...
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Displaying bar graph with large data point names on mobile screen

A couple of things you might want to be aware of, that if you stick to as a rule of thumb, generally guide mobile information flow in the right direction: Try to keep font sizes around 14pt for ...
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What's a better way to show number of staff at a location on a bar graph?

I assume that the boundaries of your temperature categories are significant, and related to the purpose of collecting and analysing the data: maybe you have a target to minimise the number of staff ...
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Showing a large amount of trend-lines on a single graph

One nice approach can be to use a shaded area which covers the entire range of your data, with all of the lines overlaid. This can give an impression of trends without showing too much clutter. Adding ...
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Data visualisation: Pie charts with really small values

Maybe pie charts are not the proper solution. But if you insist on them then perhaps "pulling out" a section onClick would be the answer. Have it so your rollovers highlight which pie section the ...
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Plotting a comparison graph where less is better

Simple plain table does the job reasonably good: Your plot is not perfect tool for comparison: it requires too much cognitive efforts to process. You need to get numbers from the plot. It's hard ...
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How to visualize parts in parts?

A double bar graph sounds like the best chart type given your specifications that the chart must display the male/female split of each pet, and that the total number of each pet does not matter. ...
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Visualize asset age

Is there any particular significance of the age in relation to a road (e.g. maybe they need to be resurfaced every five years)? I would make this decision based on the needs and relevance of your data ...
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Are there any cons in using rounded corners for bar graphs?

Regarding the particular claim you mention, imagine the limit as the width (height in your horizontal arrangement) of bars approaches their length, and where (like in your example image) the rounding ...
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What's the best chart layout for displaying profit/cost/revenue/turnover

Another take at this challenge… The breakthrough? Rather than clinging to the resolute belief that all costs must be shown all the time, we realised that our users really wanted a quick glance at ...
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What's a better way to show number of staff at a location on a bar graph?

I actually like your representation, it is clear and easy to perceive and parse. It lacks only a visual reminder of what the number buble represents. This can be solved by adding an icon to the ...
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How to represent quantity in an X / Y axis grid without taking too much space?

Is there a better way to represent quantity in this graph without resorting to circle size? Yes - a data table, while less sexy, would put across the information in a far more accessible way. I ...
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How to represent quantity in an X / Y axis grid without taking too much space?

Why not use a heat map? Instead of differently sized bubbles that overlap, the quantities can be represented by color intensity. Heat maps are also an x/y-axis chart. You can play with the above ...
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Word to describe adding an independent variable to a chart

Who are the users? It's a good question and well presented, but seeing as this is a UX Q&A site, it would really help (others and in turn you) to know who the users are? Depending on their ...
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Why are chart x-axis values slanted bottom up for long labels?

In the west languages are often read left to right. Let's look at the alternative first. If the chart labels were top-down and left-right, you would be read the label and the last letter of the label ...
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Why are chart x-axis values slanted bottom up for long labels?

TL;DR Reading comprehension is probably not the key factor. What matters is whether "expected use" of the chart (or table) goes from the label to the chart/table or vice versa: If going ...
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What kind of graphic is the MacOS storage breakdown?

Indeed, it's a stacked bar chart. https://datavizproject.com/data-type/stacked-bar-chart/ The whole Dataviz Project site is a great resource on various data visualisation tools for future reference ...
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What's a better way to show number of staff at a location on a bar graph?

I would prefer this way of showing temperature & staff together. Though both are different scales, it gives a relative size estimate . High temperature regions are highlighted to grab the viewer's ...
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What's a better way to show number of staff at a location on a bar graph?

As some comments already said, your own representation already does most things right and doesn't seem to need much change. My only suggestion would be visually convey the staff amount, rather than ...
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Displaying bar graph with large data point names on mobile screen

What about scale tooltips? This allows you to display abbreviated scale labels (e.g., Ch 1, Ch 2, Ch 3, etc.), saving valuable mobile screen space. The longer names can appear when the user hovers ...
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How to represent the graph in terms of parameter in specific requirement?

You can use 7 bars for a week because that makes sense (7 days in a week). You cannot use 7 bars to represent a month because that does not make any sense (you recognised that). As a suggestion, ...
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How to visualize parts in parts?

You could use ZingChart for interactive charts. Since the main functionality you wanted was interactivity here is a pretty standard chart. live demo You also mentioned the ability to click and get ...
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Alternate chart to performance v/s time for a portal

First ask: What is the story you want the data to tell? If you're asking: out of the total events that occurred, what is the ratio of good, bad and medium for each time slice? If that is the ...
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How to Create Timeline with Dynamic Start/End Dates

If you want to zoom on a particular range, but still see underlying trends you can use a timeline scrubber below the x-axis. Highcharts is a well known library that has this component. You can zoom ...
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