Create your line graph fast
It couldn’t be simpler or faster to create a line graph with Displayr. All you need to do is input your data. Then you can customize colors and labels for maximum appeal and readability.
Go beyond the basics to impress
Line graphs might be a simple visualization but they can pack a punch and deliver a lot of information. You can make your line graph more impressive with textboxes to explain things or arrows and shapes to call attention to interesting results. Or you can just let the data do the talking. The choice is yours.
Make your line graph in 3 easy steps
Follow the prompts to connect, type, or paste your data and create your line graph. Next, add your other visualizations and text annotations.
Add some filters to make your report interactive and publish or export to PowerPoint or as a PDF with one click.
What is a line graph?
A line graph, sometimes known as a line chart or run chart, is represented by a series of data points that are connected with a single straight line. Line charts are usually used to plot changes over a continuous interval or time. Rather than show the amount of change, they are best for showing the rate or flow of change over time.
Usually, the y-axis of a line graph has a quantitative value, while the x-axis is a timescale or a sequence of intervals. Line charts are one of the most classic and enduring of all data visualization chart types, being both one of the most recognizable and difficult to get wrong. Line charts are also fairly easy on the eye and simple to interpret.
The direction of the lines on the graph makes for a lovely metaphor that’s intuitive to understand: an upward slope of the line indicates that the values have increased whereas a downward slope shows where the values have decreased.
Furthermore, any patterns in the line graph should immediately be obvious and reveal trends in the data set. You can also plot more than one data series or variable on a line graph to compare them to one another. However, avoid plotting too many lines as this can potentially make the chart cluttered and difficult to read.
Don’t forget though, you can also create small multiples of line graphs (smaller, individual line graphs for each data series) in Displayr.
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Don't limit yourself to just line graphs
Ready to create more stunning graphs? Displayr provides a variety of awesome ways to visualize your data.
Whether it’s box and whisker plots, bar graphs or Venn diagrams, Displayr can help you convert your data into whatever story you want to tell!
And just like line graphs, you can customize colors, sizes and fonts and have a play with Displayr’s cool features.
Even better, combine different visualizations to create a truly impressive infographic or presentation. What are you waiting for?
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Line graph FAQs
What is a line graph?
A line graph or line chart shows data points which are connected by straight line segments. The x-axis or horizontal axis normally represents the progression of time in categories of regular intervals (minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years) while the y-axis or vertical axis represents measurement values of interest.
When to use a line graph?
Line graphs are used to plot how the value of something changes over time and can also be used to compare how several things change over time relative to one another. Line graphs are best used when you want to compare lots of data at once, show changes and trends over time, display forecast data, highlight anomalies, and have the space to include important context or annotations.
Line graph vs bar graph
While both line and bar graphs can show trends over time, in some instances it may be preferable to use one over the other. Line graphs are generally better for showing trends over time or another measure that has a logical progression of values because it can be easier to see small changes on a line graph. Line graphs can also be better if you want to emphasise the overall trend. Bar graphs work better when the changes are larger or you have distinct categories and differences in data amongst groups.
Line graph vs scatter plot
Line graphs and scatter plots may look similar, but they are actually quite different in how they plot data. On a line graph, category data is distributed along the x-axis at regular intervals whereas a scatter plot has variable data that may be distributed randomly. Line graphs are best for highlighting trends and patterns of variables in data whereas scatter plots are best for showing the relationship between variables in your data.
Why is it good to use a line graph?
It can be good to use a line graph because they are simple, easy to understand and can effectively communicate information. For example, it’s far easier for viewers to recognise patterns or trends from a line graph than from a data set table.
How to create a line chart in Displayr?
To use Displayr’s line graph creator, you need to sign up first, confirm your email by clicking on the confirmation link that you’ll receive, and then follow the prompts to create your first line graph.