« The sad tally 2: the data | Main | Uh um »



With so few "Don't knows", the number of categories drops to three. In that case an alternative to the stacked bar is a ternary plot.

Here's a standard ternary plot (but I confess I always have difficulty figuring out which way the axes go).

Here's a scatterplot with the "about the same" dimension shown as contours. I think it makes your comparison ("try comparing the percentage who thought women's legal rights were the same against the percentage who thought [strength of family was] the same") possible.


I have always had mixed feelings about the ternary plot. On the one hand, I find it a brilliant invention; I still remember the first time I saw it in a geography textbook. On the other hand, it is, it seems to me, strictly for professionals.

Unless the story of the data is simple, it takes time to understand this plot. I'll find an excuse to talk more about this type of plot in the future. Thanks for bringing it up!

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Your Information

(Name is required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)


Link to Principal Analytics Prep

See our curriculum, instructors. Apply.
Marketing analytics and data visualization expert. Author and Speaker. Currently at Columbia. See my full bio.

Book Blog

Link to junkcharts

Graphics design by Amanda Lee

The Read

Good Books

Keep in Touch

follow me on Twitter