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Chart Types

SQL Server 2008

It is important to choose an appropriate chart type for the type of data that you are presenting. This will determine how well the data can be interpreted when put in chart form. For example, if your dataset contains a lot of data points relative to the size of the chart, it may be better presented using an area, line, or scatter chart. For discussion on how to prepare your data depending on the chart type selected, see Preparing Data for Display in a Chart Data Region.

Each chart type has unique characteristics to help you visualize your dataset. You can use any chart type to display your data, but your data will be easier to read when you use a chart type that is suitable to your data, based on what you are trying to show in your report. The following table summarizes chart features that affect the suitability of a chart to your particular dataset.

Display ratio data

Display stock data

Display linear data

Display multi-value data

Area Charts

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Bar Charts

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Column Charts

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Line Charts

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Pie Charts

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Polar Charts

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Range Charts

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Scatter Charts

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Shape Charts

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Stock Charts

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