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Microsoft® Excel® 2010: Data Analysis and Business Modeling by Wayne L. Winston

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Chapter 44. Sparklines

Questions answered in this chapter:

  • How can you graphically summarize daily customer counts for each of a bank’s branches in a single cell?

  • How can you modify sparklines?

  • How can you summarize an NFL team’s sequence of wins or losses in a single cell?

  • Do sparklines automatically update when new data is included?

Sparklines are exciting graphics that can summarize a row or column of data in a single cell. The term sparkline was first used by Edward Tufte, a famous expert on the visual presentation of data and its analysis. Tufte described sparklines as “data-intense, design-simple, word-sized graphics.” Microsoft Excel 2010 makes it a snap to create amazing graphics that reside in a single cell.

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