One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A type of graph in which a circle is divided into sectors that each represent a proportion of the whole.
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- ‘As the demographic pie chart indicates, in addition to members in industry and public practice, we also have members in the public sector and in education.’
- ‘The pie chart shows shares of download totals for the whole six-month period, showing the top ten distributions.’
- ‘Thus a pie chart showing carbon dioxide divides along roughly the same ratios as one showing energy use.’
- ‘We would have illustrated this with a pie chart, but fear this would only accelerate the crisis.’
- ‘If you are working with nominal or ordinal variables, the bar chart and the pie chart are two of the easiest methods to use.’
1920s: because of the resemblance of the graph to a pie divided into portions.
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