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Change of Chart Types With the Same Data Structures

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000042582D
Original Publication Date: 1984-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Convis, DB: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

There are many business applications in which the presentation of numeric data values are enhanced with charts and graphs. Typically, bar and pie charts and line graphs are used to illustrate complex financial information and analyses. This type of graphic illustration is used for budget analyses, financial forecasting, stock-market charting, among other things. The advantage of such graphic illustration lies in facilitating a quick understanding by the reader or observer of the meaning or trends of the numeric data values. Plotting and graph-generating programs have been written which are capable of producing a pie chart or a bar chart or a line graph based on the inputted numeric data values.

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Change of Chart Types With the Same Data Structures

There are many business applications in which the presentation of numeric data values are enhanced with charts and graphs. Typically, bar and pie charts and line graphs are used to illustrate complex financial information and analyses. This type of graphic illustration is used for budget analyses, financial forecasting, stock-market charting, among other things. The advantage of such graphic illustration lies in facilitating a quick understanding by the reader or observer of the meaning or trends of the numeric data values. Plotting and graph-generating programs have been written which are capable of producing a pie chart or a bar chart or a line graph based on the inputted numeric data values. These programs usually require the operator to first select the type of chart or graph to be produced, then select the scale of the chart or graph, and finally enter the numeric data values. Since the same numeric data values can often be displayed as either a pie chart, bar chart or line graph, the operator may desire to view the several possible graphical displays in order to make a choice of the final display or plot. The process of generating several possible graphical displays is simplified by the following procedure. After first entering the numeric data values, the operator presses a "Display" key to request those values to be converted into the type of graphical display of the operator's choice. If the operator wa...