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Types of Graphs and Charts

There are many types of graphs and charts that are commonly used for showing business reports.

Types of Graphs and Charts


In this article we are going to discuss about the different charts invented and being used for representing the data in various formats in the applications. These charts helps the developers to easily visualize the data to the business users. In scientific and medical applications charts and graphs are extensively used for visualizing the data.

In Java programming language there are many API's available for easily creating the charts with very less code. You just have to use the API classes and provide the data and call the few methods to generate the charts or graphs of your choice.

There are many types of graphs and charts that are commonly used for showing business reports. These are listed as follows.

  1. Line graphs: A line graph is a way of representing two pieces of information, which is usually related and vary with respect to each other. This is useful when comparisons are needed. e.g. 
  2. Pie Charts: A pie chart is a type of a circle graph normally used in showcasing a wholesome quantity; we have to show that how this whole quantity is broken into parts. The whole quantity depicts entire sample space and the pieces of pie in the circle graph are called sectors.

    Pie chart is very useful in the analysis of business data. Developers are using pie chart to represent the business data to stakeholders.
  3. Bar Charts: This is a type of chart, which contains labeled horizontal or vertical bars showing a piece of information and an axis. The numbers along the side of bar graph compose the axis. This is also called as a histogram; Bar Graph is useful when there is a numerical comparison.

  4. Area Graphs: These graphs are used to show how something changes with respect to time. An area graph shows the contribution of each data series in the form of a picture.

  5. Waterfall Chart: This is a type of chart, which shows an increase or decrease in a initial value. This contains floating vertical columns that shows the increase or decrease in a initial value through a series of intermediate steps leading to a final value. An invisible column keeps the increase or decrease related to the heights of the previous columns.

  6. Polar Chart: A Polar Chart is a circular chart in which data is displayed in terms of values and angles.
    • This provides a mechanism to compare various qualitative and quantitative aspects of a situation graphically.
    • By using Polar Charts we can plot multiple data sets each with a single line with as many points as needed.
    • These are normally used in Engineering and modeling Industries.
    • A Polar Chart has two variables X and Y where X is plotted as an angle and Y is the radius.
    • In a Polar Chart the points are plotted in Polar coordinates rather than Cartesian coordinates.
    • In a Polar Chart the dataset having the maximum values covers the maximum area in the whole graph.
    • The X and Y-axes can be used to demonstrate real world quantities.

Above article will help you in understanding the types of Charts and Graphs which can be used in the business or scientific applications.


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Posted on: April 13, 2007

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February 25, 2013
komiese afstandsgelyke

could anyone help me with a komiese afstand chart
November 22, 2011

you could of put down many more graphs instead of like 6 types of chsrts that grade 4 kids only learn about graphs.
len villa noel
December 7, 2011

is this answer true?
January 16, 2012

graph is important to find easy to locate
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January 31, 2012
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February 23, 2012
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March 1, 2012

it's very helpful to students to know about this I my was very thankful b'cause I already answered my assignment about kinds of graphs
gheann dheylle gallios
March 12, 2012

nice now i know any kind of graph
March 17, 2012

what is a graph that you could use for worded data and not numbers?
March 17, 2012
source or reference

Hi I was woundering that you did not mentioned the source of these definitions in the end of the page. I am a phd student and wanted to cite one of your definitions but i can't because there is no reference. Can you please provide a reference? Best Regards Ashraf Lyon, France
March 26, 2012

what about a pictograph
April 13, 2012

April 18, 2012

I thought you did a great job of displaying the different graphs. I found EXACTLY what I was looking for! Thanks so much, Beckky
May 27, 2012

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July 23, 2012
about kinds of charts

is this the all of the charts?
September 8, 2012

what does the curve look like
September 12, 2012

what type of graph should be usedto show the changes of your weight during your lifetime
September 20, 2012

September 23, 2012

very good
December 14, 2012

i want to learn maths
joshua williams
November 14, 2012

what is the chart with a line and xs