This past week I was complaining about pie charts to a friend of mine, and I was trying to locate this image to show what I was complaining about:
I knew I had come across this on Twitter, and in finding the original thread, I ALSO discovered all sorts of people defending/belittling the lowly pie chart. Now I generally fall in the anti-pie chart camp, but these made me happy. I sourced what I could find a source on, but will update if anyone knows who I should credit.
First, we have the first and best use for a pie chart:
No other chart represents that data set quite as well.
Sometimes though, you feel like people are just using them to mess with you:
Sometimes the information they convey can be surprising:
But sometimes the conclusions are just kind of obvious:
And you have to know how to use them correctly:
They’re not all useless, there are some dramatic exceptions: