Challenges of Exploring Your Data In 3D Bubble Charts
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Challenges of Exploring Your Data In 3D Bubble Charts

Posted on Sep 23, 2013 by George F Huhn
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3D bubble charts are particularly useful for looking at projects and business investments simultaneously in dimensions of costs, risks, rewards, and benefits. However, unlike 2D charts, there generally isn’t a single view that lets you see all of the relationships at once because bubbles hide behind other bubbles and it can be difficult to see […]

Coming Soon to Bubble Chart Pro™: 3D Bubble Charts!
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Coming Soon to Bubble Chart Pro™: 3D Bubble Charts!

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 by George F Huhn
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3D bubble charts let you look at 4 dimensions of data in a single chart. Data is represented by the X, Y, and Z-axes and the bubble size. In the prototype chart pictured, the most desirable quadrant is the upper-left-front quadrant – these are the projects with combined lower costs (X-axis), higher success probabilities (Y-axis), […]

Saying “Goodbye” to “On a Scale of 1 to 10…”
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Saying “Goodbye” to “On a Scale of 1 to 10…”

Posted on Aug 11, 2013 by George F Huhn
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In Version 5.1, we’re introducing “Categories,” a new way to assign values to project attributes in your project portfolios and then plot them in bubble charts. Instead of rating project attributes “on a scale of 1 to 10,” now you can assign categories tied to whatever numerical scale you prefer. For example, in this bubble […]

Are Decisions Based Only on Charts Better?
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Are Decisions Based Only on Charts Better?

Posted on Sep 17, 2012 by George F Huhn
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In some cases, the answer is “yes.” In a study of economists summarized in the HBR Blog Network entitled “Economists Are Overconfident. So Are You,” Justin Fox describes a study where economists were asked to make predictions based on analyzing numerical data alone, analyzing numerical data and scatter graphs, or analyzing just the scatter graphs. […]

What Are Bar Charts Doing in a Bubble Charting Application?
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What Are Bar Charts Doing in a Bubble Charting Application?

Posted on May 30, 2012 by George F Huhn
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We just launched Bubble Chart Pro™ Version 3.0 with some great new additions and features, including a bar chart module in our PLUS and OPTIMAL editions. Why bar charts? Where bubble charts are excellent at displaying the relationships of projects with each other in dimensions of their attributes, such as cost, reward, and risk, our […]

Bubble Chart of America’s 10 Richest Colleges
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Bubble Chart of America’s 10 Richest Colleges

Posted on May 10, 2012 by George F Huhn
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Today’s Bubble Chart is from data published in an article on Yahoo! Colleges are ranked in the legend by size of endowment. “As tuition costs continue to mount at universities across the nation, some colleges are sitting on mountains of cash. And while some of that cash goes to regular campus operations or scholarships for […]

Bubble Chart of Apple’s Hardware Product Mix
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Bubble Chart of Apple’s Hardware Product Mix

Posted on May 8, 2012 by George F Huhn
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Here’s a bubble chart displaying some cumulative financial and sales data from Apple’s primary hardware product mix over the last ten years. Interesting to note how the revenue of the iPhone has exceeded the Mac and how quickly the iPad’s cumulative revenue is closing in on the iPod, even though the iPad has only 2 […]

Bubble Chart of America’s Ten Most Fraud-Ridden States
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Bubble Chart of America’s Ten Most Fraud-Ridden States

Posted on Apr 14, 2012 by George F Huhn
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24/7 Wall Street compiled a list of  “America’s Ten Most Fraud-Ridden States” from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Sentinel Network Databook report (CSN). 24/7 Wall Street picked the ten states with the largest percentage of total complaints per 100,000 people and noted that states with large retirement populations were high on the list for fraud. They […]

Analyzing Crowded Bubble Charts
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Analyzing Crowded Bubble Charts

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 by George F Huhn
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How do you analyze a crowded bubble chart? The bubble chart above has 417 bubbles with many overlapping bubbles and a wide range of bubble sizes. Bubble Chart Pro™ makes it easy to analyze the chart using “Zoom Boxes.” By clicking on a selected point of the chart and dragging the mouse to another point, […]

What Justifies Apple’s Market Cap?
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What Justifies Apple’s Market Cap?

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 by George F Huhn
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I read a Market Watch blog post that pointed out that Apple has a market cap that is 1.4 times Exxon Mobil’s and twice the market cap of GE’s. These bubble charts compare 22 of the 26 companies with market caps over $100 billion to see why. (Some comparable financial data wasn’t available for 4 of […]