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Charts and Graphs: Microsoft by Bill Jelen

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10. Presenting Excel Data on a Map Using Microsoft MapPoint

Plotting Data Geographically

In many cases, the best way to present data is to plot it on a geographic map. Mapping software used to cost thousands of dollars. However, Microsoft offers a product called Microsoft MapPoint 2010. MapPoint is available in editions for North America and Europe.

Figure 10.1 shows a Starbucks database plotted on a map. Note how the stores are concentrated in the heart of the city, but appear in any semi-populated region. Any dataset with a geographic component such as street addresses, zip codes, postal ...

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