pie chart


Definition of pie chart 

: a circular chart cut by radii into segments illustrating relative magnitudes or frequencies

called also circle graph

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Diversity reports feature colorful pie charts containing percentages, not raw numbers, alongside smiling photos of women and minorities and aspirational messages from executives, but no raw numbers. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Jesse Jackson calls on big tech to redouble diversity efforts — and figure out what's not working," 2 Apr. 2018 The following pie charts are from Statcast, and detail Pivetta’s pitch usage since entering the majors. Michael Beller, SI.com, "Phillies Starter Nick Pivetta Looks Improved, But Is It Simply an Illusion?," 13 Apr. 2018 Data visualization as a concept, of course, is hardly new (ask anyone who used crayons to color in a pie chart in grade school). Matthew Heimer, Fortune, "How Software Maker Tableau Helps Doctors Tame Data," 19 Mar. 2018 One report had a pie chart indicating relatively high levels of inequality, while the other indicated relatively low levels. Stéphane Côté, Washington Post, "The Republican tax bill will probably make rich people greedier. Here’s why.," 20 Dec. 2017 This pie chart from the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that 17.5 million Americans bought their own coverage in 2017. Daniel Chang, miamiherald, "Millions gained coverage since Obamacare, but many are worse off as premiums soar," 9 Dec. 2017 Critics branded us McPaper, deriding our pie charts and bite-sized stories as junk-food journalism. Erik Brady, USA TODAY, "Happy Birthday, USA TODAY!," 15 Sep. 2017 Below each state name is the number of refugees, in bold, reflected in the pie chart Smithsonian, "By the Numbers: The United States of Refugees," 29 Apr. 2017 The invention of the pie chart is credited to Playfair, but again Minard took an existing idea and vastly improved it. Betsy Mason, National Geographic, "The Underappreciated Man Behind the “Best Graphic Ever Produced”," 16 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of pie chart

1922, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of pie chart

: a chart consisting of a circle that is divided into parts to show the size of the different amounts that are a part of a whole amount

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