What is the point of a rose chart?
October 21, 2013 2:44 PM Subscribe
When is it more appropriate to use a rose (or radar) chart vs. a bar/line/pie chart? Bonus points if you can point to studies showing why some types of charts are better than others for understanding information.
posted by nushustu to education (11 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
On this page
(near the bottom) there is an example of a rose chart. Here
is a more complicated one - possibly the first - created by Florence Nightingale.
I understand how to read these, but I don't understand the proper place to use them. I understand that generally pie charts (or donut charts which don't even get me started) are used to compare a thing in relation to the whole. I understand that bar charts are good for comparing things to other things, and line charts are used to show change, usually over time. I get why you'd show change over time via the y-axis and change in quantity via the x-axis.
But if the point of a chart is to display information for people to parse quickly and easily, then I don't see the point of a rose chart other than aesthetics.
Can someone explain this to me?