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Framework: DD003 – dd003_v2

dd003_v2

This chart has two grouped bar charts that use the same category labels. To save space and also avoid redundancy, the labels are placed in the center so that they identify both sets of grouped bars. This is a good option if space is an issue. The grouped bars on the left of the category labels are reversed, but they are still positive numbers. A legend is recommended with this chart to identify the different colored bars.

A good use of this type of chart is when you are presenting two different units for the same categories and sets of bars. It is usually preferred that the values for each bar be clearly identified on the outside of the end of the bar. See dd003_v3 for the alternative to this chart. dd003_v3 does not show the values, but relies on a horizontal axis at the top of the two charts to provide the reference for the values.

When this page is downloaded and placed into your template, it will take on the default attributes of your template; but some adjustments may need to be made. Refer to the tutorial and FAQs about using the data-driven charts for useful formatting information.

Part of series: DD003 Data-Driven Charts 003 – Grouped Bar Charts

Series Keywords: butted bars, flag charts, vertical baseline, grouped bars

Grouped (butted) bar charts are great for showing comparisons of items within categories and then showing the the comparisons for the categories. Like all bar charts, the grouped bar chart also shows ranking. The top bar in the top butted category usually sets the ranking. If the categories are comprised of years or other nonranked data, this rule does not apply.

Any bars that share a baseline should also be the same unit. Avoid mixing, for example, percentages and quantities on the same baseline.

When this page is downloaded and placed into your template, it will take on the default attributes of your template; but some adjustments may need to be made. Refer to the tutorial and FAQs about using the data-driven charts for useful formatting information.

Key search words: butted bars, flag charts, vertical baseline, grouped bars

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