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Don’t use pie charts

Let me explain why you should avoid pie charts — and donut charts — in most documents and presentations.

Pie charts are easy to create and they’re colourful and you might want to include lots of them in the reports and slidedecks you write.

But there are lots of problems with them:

In most cases I think you would be better off with a column or bar chart, or a table.

I think there is an exception to this. Pie charts with only two slices, where both are fairly large, are easy to interpret since you’re just showing the relative size difference of two variables.

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