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Fabio Machado

Why not just used a stacked bar chart?


Fabio: Because what interests me isn't the mix of acquisition strategies within each team but the relative use of each strategy by different teams. In addition, I want to establish a reference level so that readers can interpret the data, not just read them.

The stacked bar chart constrains the designer in how the data are ordered. I use it infrequently.

Alex Lea

Kaiser: Great article. I understand your concerns with using a stacked bar, but I think this is one of the times when it really does make sense (especially compared to the abomination of the original graphic!).

Even more so considering there are only '3.5' categories (home-grown draft/international could be coloured slightly different shades of the same colour to show their connection. A 100% stacked bar would mean that only the central segment would be difficult to judge.

I'd also play devil's advocate and suggest that you don't need to know the exact figures, just the general pattern. For instance, that the two WS teams tend to use more home-growns and the least number of trades. In other words, successful teams are not built, they are grown!

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