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# Graphs Vs Charts

Updated on April 18, 2024
Article byWallstreetmojo Team
Edited bySheeba M
Reviewed byDheeraj Vaidya, CFA, FRM

## Difference Between Graphs Vs Charts

Graphs vs Charts in Excel helps us understand the similarities and differences between the plotted Graphs and the generated Charts of the variables in a dataset. They display data values pictorially, allowing users to easily understand and analyze the data.

Graphs mostly represent numerical data by showing the relation between numeric variables and how one number affects or changes another. However, charts are the graphical representation of data that may or may not be related.

All graphs are a type of chart, but not all charts are graphs”. The statement sums up the two very well and outlays which one is broader and a subset of the other.

For example, the graph and the charts are shown in the images below.

We can plot a graph or a chart for any given dataset.

### Key Takeaways

• Graphs vs Charts helps us understand the difference between data representations using the inbuilt charts in Excel and plotting graphs on the generated charts to display the trend.
• They are frequently used to present raw and exact data, and deliver it to make it visually appealing and easy to understand for the intended users.
• It is possible to misunderstand Graphs and Charts due to minor differences between them. However, these powerful visual representation tools, display large data sets graphically and are understandable.

### What Is A Graph?

Graphs mainly focus on raw data and depict the trend overtime-related to such data. A two-dimensional graph shows the relationship between the data through a line, curve, etc., using the horizontal line along the bottom (called X-axis) and the vertical line up the side (called Y-axis). One dictionary defines a Graph as, “A Graph is a mathematical diagram that shows the relationship between two or more sets of numbers or measurements”. A graph allows the user to easily represent the values in the data through a visual representation.

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### Graph Example

An example of a basic graph is shown below:

The above graph is a basic graph that allows the user to visualize that the data plotted on its Y-axis are on an increasing trend, shown in years on the X-axis. There are two types of graphs: bar graphs and line graphs.

For eg:
Source: Graphs Vs Charts (wallstreetmojo.com)

### What Is A Chart?

A chart is a type of representation of large sets of data, which makes the user understand the same better. Using the same helps predict existing data and forecast future data based on the present data pattern. A chart can be a diagram, a picture, or a graph. We can transform data variables into a visual, graphical, or pictorial, representation using charts.

### Chart Example

An example of a simple chart is shown below:

• The above chart is a  depicting the company’s sales of ice cream products on different days of the week. With just a glance of the same, the user can identify the week’s highest and lowest sales day.
• Charts can simplify data, categorize them into easy-to-understand and analyze formats, and find its excessive usage in a business where data is presented using different charts.
• A few types of charts are,

There are many more chart types. However, based on the user requirement, the type of charts can be applied and generated to display the data graphically.

### Graphs Vs Charts Infographics

Here, we provide the top 6 differences between Graphs and Charts.

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### Graphs Vs Charts – Key Differences

• Charts represent a large set of information in graphs, diagrams, or in the form of tables. At the same time, the graph shows the mathematical relationship between varied groups of data. It is a type of chart but not all of it. A graph is a type of subgroup of a chart. On the contrary, a chart can take a graph, diagram, or picture form.
• Charts projects any data in a visually engaging pattern. However, in the case of a graph, it is ideal to have data that depicts any relationship between the plotted variables on the axes for better understanding.
• Charts are handy to use in cases where the data to be presented well categorized (such as by region, age bucket, etc.) or averaged, which will further enable simple display. On the contrary, graphs are more intended for identifying trends or patterns in the data sets.

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1. Samuel Sabo Ishaku says

Well explained.

2. Samuel Sabo Ishaku says

Very detailed. Thanks a lot.

3. Manoj P Chakerwarti says

Excellent explanation given thanks for sharing.
All the best and keep it up.

4. Christina v Mcgill says

5. Harshana Weragama says

A problem solved. I have always had and issue in understanding the difference between the Charts and Graphs. Thank you for the great explanation.

6. Vivek Reddy says

Very good in distinguishing between graphs and charts. Excellent. Thank you.

• Dheeraj Vaidya says