# Data Visualization: Classifying chart types

I am trying to classify different chart types by the shape of their data, and I am looking for a helpful resource. For example, on a line chart, I am looking for a description like:

A Line chart consists of three dimensions, of the following types: Nominal, Ordinal, and Interval

A Bar chart consists of two dimensions, of the following types....

Ideally, the dimensions would be classified using a system like Levels of Measurement

Does anyone know if such a resource exists?

Once I made a Keynote about Graphs and Diagrams Classification. Each graphic has an image example. This is the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLtg-jE2C9E&feature=youtu.be

It's a five hours class, and each screen has its explanation, the video is only the representative part. It's in Spanish, but the classification is the next:

• Statistics
• Sequential
• Descriptive
• Location

And this is the sub-classification:

Statistics

• Area

• Shape
• Volume
• Ring
• Venn
• Bars

• Horizontal
• Vertical
• Compound
• Combined
• Directional
• Curve
• Simple
• Multiple
• Matrix

Sequential

• Linear
• Chronologies
• Itineraries
• Processes
• Arches
• Flow
• Hierarchical
• Tree
• Organigrams
• Sankey
• Time/activity
• Figurative

Descriptive

• Organizational
• Table
• Area
• Details

Location

• Plan
• Geographical
• Industrial
• Architectural
• Maps
• Cartographic
• Astral

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward Tufte:

The classic book on statistical graphics, charts, tables. Theory and practice in the design of data graphics, 250 illustrations of the best (and a few of the worst) statistical graphics, with detailed analysis of how to display data for precise, effective, quick analysis. Design of the high-resolution displays, small multiples. Editing and improving graphics. The data-ink ratio. Time-series, relational graphics, data maps, multivariate designs. Detection of graphical deception: design variation vs. data variation. Sources of deception. Aesthetics and data graphical displays.

• Yes, this is helpful, but can you summarize or provide a link to an answer here? I have read that book before, and I think it has the exact chart descriptions I am looking for, but is there a website that summarizes this information? – modulitos Jul 7 '18 at 0:21