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Graphs are to visualize quantitative data and relationship between variables using a system of coordinates. They are powerful in getting the message across, but the same data can be displayed in many ways, with a variety of visual effects. Examples include line graphs, histograms, and bar graphs. These graphical tools help us to see magnitude, trends, differences and similarities in the data. They are a key aspect in scientific communication for any audience. There is no general advice about when it is appropriate to use a graph rather than a table. Graphs offer the opportunity to show more data, and thus are most suited for data that cannot be easily displayed in a table . This is often the case when there is a trend or comparison to be shown . Some displays, such as histograms, are in essence graphical .
Graphical displays should:
be closely integrated with the statistical and verbal descriptions of the data set 
In this part of the chapter, the use of line graphs, histograms, frequency polygons, bar graphs, pie graphs, and other types of data display are discussed.
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