The visualization of data is an important element in most research reports. By looking at charts and graphs,
readers can quickly interpret some of the data. In this assignment, you will be creating a chart from a data set
on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. You do not need to create an account with
the CDC to make a chart.
First, go to the CDC video guides for the data section, and watch the video on how to create a chart. Click the
link below to access the Video Guides web page, and click on Create a Chart:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (n.d.). Video guides. Retrieved from https://data.cdc.gov/videos
Next, go to the data set for tobacco use at the link below:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2013). BRFSS prevalence and trends data: Tobacco use – Four
level smoking data for 1995–2010 [Data set]. Retrieved from https://data.cdc.gov/Smoking-TobaccoUse/BRFSS-Prevalence-and-Trends-Data-Tobacco-Use-Four-/8zak-ewtm
Now create a chart for your state by using the tools for filters, dimensions, and measures that are of interest to
you. A bar chart or column chart would work well for this assignment. Click on “Presentation” (the icon looks
like a water drop on the left sidebar), so you can give your chart a title and description. Click on “Axis” (the icon
looks like a graph) so you can label your x- and y-axes. Remember to open the legend in the lower right corner
of your chart to show what the different colors represent.
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