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Difference Between Pareto Chart & Pie Chart

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  • 3 weeks later...

Hello Keerthi


Both Pareto and Pie chart (in fact all graphs) are only data visualization tools. Having said that, each chart has a specific purpose


Pareto chart - shows the rank order in the data (by sorting the data in descending order)

Pie chart - shows the data as 'part of the whole pie' (data may not be sorted in descending order)



Pareto's 80/20 rule is a prioritization rule and you may apply it to a pie chart as well (for that matter you may apply it to a bar chart as well).


Another reason why a Pareto might be preferred is if there are too many slices. Pie chart may look very cumbersome.

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