Why Charts and Graphs Important
Last Updated on June 30, 2019
Collecting data is an important task, but understanding the data and its implications are even more important to your ultimate goal of using that information to implement new ideas or reinforce existing practices. The fastest and easiest way to see your compiled data is in the form of charts and graphs. These pictorial representations of your data allow you to see your information in different ways. They also allow you quickly, easily, and efficiently convey your information to others.
Easier Interpretation of Large Quantities
Numbers can feel cold and hard to grasp, especially in large quantities. When looking at a large set of numbers, they can start to swim in front of your eyes, and it’s easy to lose sight of what they mean and what they imply. Simply hearing them read aloud makes them all that much harder to grasp, especially for individuals whose’ learning style tends to be more visual. Turning those numbers into visual representations that are easy to read and interpret brings the information and the implications back into focus and provides a tangible representation of the information collected for you.
Various Data Representation
Using a variety of visual representations of your data allows you to see important trends quickly and clearly. It is important to visualize your data in several different ways. Information that is obvious on a bar graph might not show up as clearly in a pie chart. It is important to take advantage of the wide variety of visual representations available to make sure that valuable information isn’t missing or overlooked.
Provides a Visual Representation of Data
Visual representations of your data are important not only to you but to others as well. When making a point about the information gathered in your data or statistics, having graphs and charts on hand to convey the information clearly and concisely helps you to communicate with others in a much more effective way than by simply handing them lists of numbers. Displaying the information in a way that is both meaningful and easy to comprehend makes conveying your message that much simpler.
Effective Clarification of Information
Charts and graphs can help you interpret your data more effectively, especially when you choose the graph or chart that best represents the trends you are looking for. Having the right chart or graph prepared based on the information collected for you will help you to notice and analyze the information in ways that would be, if not impossible, then much more difficult and labor intensive. Using a simple visualization tool helps you to work more efficiently when analyzing the outcomes of your poll or survey. Click here to read about the importance of surveys and polls.
Aids data analysis
Statistics and numbers can be easy to skew, depending on how you present the information. People are quick to question both where you got your information and how you are interpreting it. If you present confusing lists of numbers, you risk coming across as underhanded. Providing a wide range of graphs and charts, all of which are able to accentuate different aspects of the information gathered, allows consumers to look at the data from every angle and to decide for themselves what the information implies.