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    Displaying different data types on same graph.

    Good day!

    First and foremost, I appreciate you taking the time to read this post. I am a new user to this site, and am very thankful that a place like this exists in order to get assistance for some of the issues which I may not have the experience for. Your collaborative knowledge is sincerely appreciated.

    Now, my issue for today is that I am attempting to put together a graph displaying three types of data-mean, standard deviation, and individual results. I would like the graph to be a column graph with the x-axis showing years and the y-axis showing concentration. The columns should show mean, I would like a standard deviation line layed on-top of the column, and then individual points depicting the individual results of my study.

    My boss believes that it is possible and that he has seen a similar graph, but I can't seem to find out how to do it. Is it possible to show this type of graph in Excel?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    Thank you!

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    Re: Displaying different data types on same graph.

    Something like this? Not sure what you want to do with the Standard Deviation. Do you want a line Plus/minus 2 SD or something like that? Some dummy data in a spreadsheet would help.
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    Re: Displaying different data types on same graph.

    That actually solves my question (after some changed minds ) I really appreciate your help!

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    Re: Displaying different data types on same graph.

    So, we thought that may have solved it, but after inputing the data we have, the graph just won't work. I have attached a file showing the data.

    What I am looking for is that each of the individual results show. Then, as a column, the average. You can see that the table is split between various types of fish and years. I would like to break the table into the individual fish species, but I am not really picky (so it can all go into one table ). I would like it to look similar to the table you (ChemistB) created, only instead of Blue, Green, Red, etc...you have Black Drum, Red Drum, etc...

    If any clarifying is needed just let me know!

    I really appreciate your help!

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    Re: Displaying different data types on same graph.

    Hi,

    Picking up on Chemist's chart does the attached help.
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    Re: Displaying different data types on same graph.

    Richard,

    I was initially hoping to get a look similar to what ChemistB developed, but from the data set, it seems like this is the best way to convey it. After discussing it with my boss, we will definitely be using this format.

    I appreciate your help!!!

    William

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    Re: Displaying different data types on same graph.

    Hi,

    Thanks for the feedback and glad to have been of help.

    Yes, I think with this type of data set the stacked 100% column chart (or perhaps with hindsight a 100% stacked horizontal bar chart) is probably preferable to a simple stacked column/bar chart.

    At the end of the day all that matters is the audience and how easily they can take in the info presented. We're all different and sometimes see (and prefer) things in different ways, but on balance I think this probably satisfies a bigger proportion of a general audience.

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