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advantages and disadvantages of a line graph

 Sep 11, 2017
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To understand the possible advantages and disadvantages of using a line graph, let's look at an example one. Here it is for reference during the assessment of line graphs:

 

 

 

Looking at this graph (and others that I have not showcased), I would conclude that line graphs have the following advantages:
 

1) Line graphs display information clearly and minimalistically

2) Line graphs have the capability of displaying multiple dependent variables

3) A reader can easily predict future outcomes

 

However, line graphs aren't perfect, and they can have their disadvantages, too:

 

1) Too many graphed dependent variables can render a graph incomprehensible

2) Difficult to display data with uneven intervals

3) False advertising can manipulate a graph to display something that is not true

 Sep 12, 2017

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