Data Visualization

Choosing a Good Chart


Teaching: 10 min
Exercises: 5 min
  • How do I choose a good chart to visualize my data?

  • To match scientific question with a good chart

Introduce Choosing a Good Chart.

Break down chart decision for: “How was the population of Africa distributed across the continent by country in 2007?”

Good Chart Challenge

Match the scientific questions with the corresponding graphic on Choosing a Good Chart.


  • A. - C. Line Histogram
  • B. - F. Bubble Chart
  • C. - A. Table with Embedded Charts
  • D. - E. Stacked Area Chart

Key Points