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Which Chart Reference Pages are the Most Popular?

The Data Visualisation Catalogue website was launched on December 26th 2013 and has been running for 3 years now (from writing this post). Since then, the site has grown considerably, both in terms of traffic and content.

But what parts of the website have drawn in people the most? I thought this would be interesting to look into and share.

Using the data collected from Google Analytics and AddThis (from the site launch till the beginning of Feb 2017) I can find what chart reference pages have been shared the most and have the most page views.

Before seeing the results, you have to bare in mind that newer reference pages will have less views and shares then the older ones, for obvious reasons. Next year, it would be a good idea to get the data from the published date of the final chart reference page (Parallel Coordinates Plot on Jan 6 2017) to a year later. That way, I would be able to get a “fairer” assessment.

Anyway, here are the top 10 most viewed chart reference pages based on page views:

 data visualization 1st – Bar Chart (38K page views)
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 data visualization 2nd – Box & Whisker Plot (35K page views)
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 data visualization 3rd – Timeline (32K page views)
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 data visualization 4th – Bubble Chart (31K page views)
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 data visualization 5th – Area Graph (28K page views)
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 data visualization 6th – Arc Diagram (27K page views)
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 data visualization 7th – Donut Chart (23K page views)
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 data visualization 8th – Choropleth Map (23K page views)
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 data visualization 9th – Histogram (22K page views)
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data visualization 10th – Sankey Diagram (22K page views)
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In terms of sharing on social media, these are the top 10 most shared chart reference pages:

data visualization 1st – Chord Diagram (28 shares)
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 data visualization 2nd – Choropleth Map (20 shares)
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 data visualization 3rd – Parallel Sets (19 shares)
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data visualizationdata visualization 4th – Donut Chart & Stem and Leaf Plot (18 shares)
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data visualization 5th – Treemap (17 shares)
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data visualization 6th – Dot Matrix Chart (16 shares)
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data visualization 7th – Arc Diagram (15 shares)
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data visualization 8th – Histogram (13 shares)
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data visualization 9th – Radial Bar Chart (12 shares)
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data visualization 10th – Word Cloud (11 shares)
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  • PatrickMartin

    I love your site. I’m using it as a guide for developing missing visuals on my two open source projects:

    https://dexvis.net/ and https://dexjs.net/

    I must admit, that many of the charts you describe are new to me. There’s so many more than I ever imagined, and its really a daunting task to take on them all.

    Probably the thing I love best about your site is the fact that you do a good job categorizing them with respect to things they do well and what they do not.

    – Pat

    • Thanks Patrick, glad I could help.

      It is a daunting task: I’ve recently done a survey of the charts I haven’t covered yet on the website and found at least 100. But I will lightly touch on all of these at some point on this blog.

      The categorisation isn’t perfect, but it does a decent job. Maybe it can be improved upon in the future.