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Elizabeth Mello

I have mostly encountered box and whisker plots in research articles, not often in dashboards. I don’t think they are easy to understand and to communicate data to a public audience. It requires the audience to have an understanding of several statistical terms and know what their interpretation are. I think they usually require more interpretation than the concise data summaries that are usually communicated in dashboards.

However, I frequently encounter histograms. Epi curve, the graph of disease onset during an outbreak, is usually a histogram. They can work well for communicating counts over time.