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Don't Use Spider Charts

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A couple of days ago, I took the “Big 5” personality test on FiveThirtyEight, and I got these results:

Which reminded me how much I hate spider charts. Spider charts are almost always better visualized as some variation of a bar chart (see below). Here are the problems I have with spider charts:

To prove my point, I remade the visualization in a few minutes. It’s not as pretty, but it’s certainly more readable:

Originally published on by Matt Ranger