Deep dive: Visualizing wide-variation data

In March 2016, I guest-wrote Stephen Few's popular quarterly VIsual Business Intelligence Newsletter. The topic was one that came up often enough in training workshops to merit a longer write-up (i.e., a "deep dive"): how to visualize data sets that include a combination of very small values (i.e., close to zero) and very large values (i.e., far from zero). Creating a standard line or bar chart based on such data sets yields bars or lines that are too small to visually estimate or accurately compare with one another, so the newsletter suggests some creative solutions to address this common challenge.

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