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I'm analyzing huge outlook PST files to understand email patterns for few employees. Current data set has 30 min interval wise- emails sent/received for entire year. Please suggest a best chart to analyze the data. I would like to confirm if the data type should be considered as continuous or discrete. Since emails can be counted, I was thinking it as discrete data but at the same time I, also think it as continuous data. Please help me. Thanks


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Hello Vamshi,


If the intent was to just look at the pattern of "number of email" per 30 min interval, you could use a bar chart, with the intervals on the X axis and count or frequency on Y axis. Count of email is discrete or categorical data. However, if it can assume more than 10 different values, you may "treat" it as continuous data.

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