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One of the mainstays of a modern software toolkit is Excel 2016, from Microsoft Office 2016. By reputation, Excel is considered a beginner’s tool that self-respecting data analysts would bypass, but Excel is fairly high-powered, can take up to 1.06 million rows of data per set, contains complex statistical analysis capabilities (without the need for scripting), and enables rich data visualizations. It has a number of rich add-ons to empower different analytical and data visualization functionalities. It works as a great bridging tool to more complex types of statistical analyses.
This session walks participants through some basic built-in data visualizations in Excel 2016, including pie charts and doughnuts, bar charts, tree maps and sunburst diagrams, cluster diagrams, spider (radar) charts, scattergraphs, and others. This session will cover how data structures and desired emphases will determine the options for particular data visualizations.
In this session, participants will
review how to load a data table,
read the general data in a data table (or worksheet),
process or clean the data as needed,
use the Recommended Charts feature,
decide which built-in data visualizations to use, and
consider how to add relevant data visualization elements (including data labels, background grids, axis labels, and titles) for a coherent and effective data visualization.
Also, participants will help co-build data visualizations from open-source and other datasets.