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How to create different types of histogram charts in Excel

A histogram chart visualizes the distribution of continuous data. Each column in the histogram chart represents the frequency (amount) of the data within the specific range.

How to create a comparative histogram chart in Excel

Excel for Microsoft 365 offers several new pre-defined charts, including the histogram chart. This pre-defined chart makes possible to create different types of histogram charts with little effort.

How to create a histogram chart by category using frequencies in Excel

There are several ways to create a histogram chart in Excel. By the moment, Excel uses two different algorithms to calculate the data for a histogram chart:

How to create a histogram chart by categories in Excel

Histograms show the distribution of numeric data, and there are several different ways how to create a histogram chart. Distributions of non-numeric data, e.g., ordered categorical data, look similar to Excel histograms. However, you cannot use Excel histogram tools and need to reorder the categories and compute frequencies to build such charts.

How to create a simple histogram chart in Excel

A histogram chart is often confused with a bar chart because it displays data using bars of different heights. The 'true' histogram chart shows the distribution of numerical data. Each bar of the histogram represents the count of data values within the specified range. See more about different types of histogram charts in Excel.

How to create irregular polygon charts in Excel

Many organizations utilize 360-degree feedback (also known as multi-rater feedback, multi-source feedback, multi-source assessment, or 360-degree review) to assist employees in work and social skills development. This process includes gathering employee's subordinates, colleagues, supervisor(s), and manager(s) feedback; and comparing self-evaluation and individual group metrics.

A radar chart for personality assessment test visualization

Today, HR professionals in large companies build detailed personality profiles, which include scores of workplace-oriented behavioral indices of the employee. The behavioral scores cover such areas as leadership, communication skills, interpersonal finesse, empathy, diligence, rationality, analyticity, etc. Here radar charts become especially handy because tables, bars, and lines look cluttered and are hard to analyze for a large number of variables.

How to compare strengths and weaknesses, skills, or performance metrics

Time to time, you need to compare strengths and weaknesses, skills, or performance metrics for people, teams, or companies. The dimensions have different qualitative meanings, and, if you choose a bar chart to plot such data, you need to create a separate graph for each aspect. A much better option is to normalize the data and use a spider chart, which renders multiple axes with the same scale.

How to create an axis with subcategories

Excel offers a lot of different tricks to create great informative charts and diagrams. A lot of the useful adjustments related to the axis. E.g., you can hide an axis, use primary and secondary axis, change the presentation of data on the axis, etc.

How to create a step chart in Excel

There are a lot of different pre-defined charts in Excel, but for some types of data, pre-defined charts such as area chart or line chart can look fine but are incorrect.

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