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Bureau of Labor Statistics > Office of Survey Methods and Research > Publications > Browse Research Papers

Motion Charts: Telling Stories with Statistics

Edmond Cheng and Victoria Battista

Abstract

In the field of statistical and computational graphics, dynamic charts bring rich data visualization to multidimensional information and make it possible to tell a story with statistics. As statistical and computational graphics have advanced, motion charts have made it possible to display multivariate data using two-dimensional bubble charts, scatter plots, and series relationships over temporal periods. This visualization of data enriches its exploration and analysis and more effectively conveys information to users. Incorporating examples from actual business and economic data series, our paper illustrates how motion charts can tell dynamic stories with data.