Chapter 6. Creating Complex Visualizations

Most business requirements can be fulfilled with the traditional charts that we reviewed in the previous chapters. Nevertheless, certain scenarios demand more complex visualizations for a complete understanding of the story hidden behind the data. In the next pages, we will embark on a journey that will take us to a land beyond "the classics" in the pursuit of insightful and stunning dashboards by discussing:

  • Histograms
  • Scatter plots
  • Gauges and infographics
  • Geographic representations
  • Overlapping objects


One of the main disadvantages of using aggregators such as avg() is that they can hide interesting behaviors in the data. Picture the following scenario: you have access to the scores of five thousand ...

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