1 February 2019
A Pie chart is a type of chart which displays information in a circular graph. It’s called “pie” because it’s divided into pieces, like the slices of a pie! While the whole volume of the Pie chart is equal to 100%, each portion or slice represents a fraction of the whole. Each slice also represents a different data category and the size of the slice is proportional to the quantity of data it represents.
What do you think about when you hear the word pie? Perhaps a delicious apple pie or pumpkin pie! Many people have a favourite when it comes to pie. And, if you work with data, Pie charts might be on your list of favourite visualisations! Though they’re certainly not as tasty as a freshly-baked pie, Pie charts do make data more digestible!
Pie charts demonstrate the numerical proportions of a data set in an easy-to-understand visual. And they’re really helpful when it comes to:
Pie charts have their strengths, but they also have a few limitations you should be aware of.
Pie charts are a common visualisation in various industries around the world. Here are some examples.
On a Healthcare dashboard, Pie charts can help to visualise the comparison of the costs of various medical procedures clearly.
In the Finance world, CFOs use the Pie chart to build a clear visual comparison of each year’s results or to compare various budget allocations. It’s also helpful for visualising and managing payment collections.
Within the Retail industry, Pie charts are useful in sales to compare the number of different fruits sold with total weight.
Leaders who head up Manufacturing companies can analyse the lost units by cause and compare productivity by different machines.
Technology companies can use Pie charts to track the type of reported bugs, to compare the result of common issues and what percentage of the whole each represents. Pie charts also help to compare the popularity of products based on the number of users.
Energy and Utility companies analyse the portion of different energy sources used during the month with the Pie chart.
Within the Communication sector, companies use the Pie chart to improve marketing effectiveness by defining popular segments.
Public sector Pie charts show a different distribution of data sets. Budget Pie charts are one of the most popular. At school, Pie chart applications include showing how much time is allotted per subject. It can also be used to show the ratio of girls to boys in various classes.
The Life Sciences industry may use Pie charts to analyse the current market landscape or to analyse spend in different areas.
And, in Consumer Products organisations, managers rely on Pie charts to compare the size of market segments or the responses to market research questions. Or they can show the success or failure of certain products.
Vizlib Pie Chart is a fully customisable, supported and easy-to-use extension for Qlik Sense. The Vizlib Pie Chart gives the customisation and functionality you need to create easy-to-digest data visualisations.
Create Pie charts quickly and easily with these Vizlib Pie Chart features:
Pie charts are a fantastic addition to your dashboards! And though they’re not as delicious as an apple pie, they’ll show your data story clearly and satisfy your audience!
Discover more on Vizlib Pie Chart here.
Here are a few examples of how we’ve innovated with Pie charts in Vizlib:
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