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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Conditional formatting of Excel cells simplifies highlighting values by adding color scales, data bars, sparklines, and in-cell icons to the cell. The exact values of the highlighted cells rarely meaningful and may even interfere with the perception of information. Custom cell format allows hiding values of such cells without hiding the cells.
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.
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.
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.
Because of different standards of different countries and cultures, there is a lot of situations when you need to change commas to dots, decimal points or dots, decimal points to commas in an Excel spreadsheet: