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Effective ways of displaying information
The power of graphics should not the underestimated. They can express information...
The power of graphics should not the underestimated. They can express information clearly and simply. This unit will help you to assess which style of graphic to use in different situations.
By the end of this unit you should be able to:
- understand the value of graphics as visual thinking tools;
- give examples of relevant graphics used in the business context.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Graphs, charts and matrices
- 2 Diagrammatic representations
- 2.1 Force-field diagrams
- 2.2 Input-output diagrams
- 2.3 Influence diagrams
- 2.4 Systems thinking
- 2.5 Fishbone diagram
- 2.6 Mind mapping
- 2.7 Multiple-cause diagrams
- 2.8 Network analysis
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Effective ways of displaying information
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The value of graphics can hardly be underestimated. Graphs, charts, matrices, tables and diagrams are like pictures: they can ‘speak a thousand words’. They are useful for expressing information clearly and simply, and they can be used as a visual-thinking tool – for yourself and for groups. There are a number of techniques and types, each suited to different tasks. This unit covers two groups of devices. The first deals with graphs, charts and matrices; the second covers the kinds of diagrams that are useful for identifying and solving problems. Note that the word ‘data’ is plural (the singular of data is ‘datum’), so you will come across phrases such as ‘these data …’ or ‘data are …’.
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