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The Benefits of Dot Plots

Alex Velez shows off two powerful forms of dot plots:

Unfortunately, many graphing tools don’t include dot plots in their default charting options—including Excel, my preferred graphing tool. To build a dot plot in Excel, you need to get creative and format an existing chart to present as a dot plot. 

It sounds like some sort of wizardry, yet hopefully, this article will take the magic out of the process, enabling you to build dot plots and other custom creations.

Click through for a step-by-step walkthrough of how to create dot plots in Excel. Unfortunately, it’s not that much better in Power BI.