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A Recipe for When to Use Pie Charts:
There are some simple criteria that you can use to determine whether a pie chart is the right choice for your data.
1. Do the parts make up a meaningful whole? If not, use a different chart. Only use a pie chart if you can define the entire set in a way that makes sense to the viewer.
2. Are the parts mutually exclusive? If there is overlap between the parts, use a different chart.
3. Do you want to compare the parts to each other or the parts to the whole? If the main purpose is to compare between the parts, use a different chart. The main purpose of the pie chart is to show part-whole relationships.
4. How many parts do you have? If there are more than five to seven, use a different chart. Pie charts with lots of slices (or slices of very different size) are hard to read.
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