I just want to show and compare the data divided by categories — pure vanilla — what should I do?
When you simply want to display your data so that it can be easily viewed and compared in no specific categorical order it is called a Nominal Comparison.
For example you might want to show that:
- The medical staff is smaller than the surgical staff.
- The nursing staff is bigger on weekdays than on weekends.
- Patient admissions are twice as big on Mondays and Wednesdays than on Thursday and Friday.
- The number of prescriptions dispensed on the to inpatients is larger than those dispensed to outpatients.
To display nominal data use a:
- Horizontal bar graph
- Vertical bar graph
- Horizontal dot graph
- Vertical dot graph
Displaying the data in this way is often an easy and fast to just take a look at the data and see what might be going on before moving to ranking or trending or comparing part-to-whole. And very often it is just a quick way to show the data with no next steps — you will “see” what you need to understand quickly and easily.