What is a pie chart?
A circular graph that shows data in the form of a circle is known as a pie chart
Just like the slices of a pizza in which each slice represents the relative size of the whole pizza, each slice in a pie chart depicts the relative size of the data. The term "pie" depicts the whole and the "slices" show parts or elements of the whole. We can also say that a pie chart is a pictorial representation of the data. To make a pie chart, you will need a list of categorical and numerical variables.
Because the pie chart is circular, so it is also known as a circle chart. It breaks down the statistical graphic into slices or sectors. Pie charts work best when we have to show a composition of the whole.
Pie chart has a great importance in statistics. Its slices are also known as sectors which represent the degree of the whole. The degree of the entire pie-chart is equal to . The formula for pie chart is given below:
Finding Percentage From a Pie Chart
The total value of the pie chart in percentage is always 100%. Follow these steps to find the percentage of a sector or slice from a pie chart:
- Step 1 : Classify the data
- Step 2 : Compute the total
- Step 3 : Break down the categories
- Step 4: Convert categories into percentages
- Step 5: Compute the degrees
Advantages of Using a Pie-chart
Some of the advantages of using a pie chart are given below:
- This pictorial graph helps to understand the data easily
- It gives a visual representation of the data as a fractional part of the whole
- For a layman, this tool is effective because it can be easily understood unlike other graphs
- It gives an immediate data comparison
Disadvantages of Using a Pie chart
Some of the disadvantages of using a pie chart are given below:
- If there is a lot of data, then it becomes ineffective
- If too much data is represented by a pie chart, then it becomes visually impossible for a reader to comprehend it.
In the next step, we will solve some examples in which we will make pie charts from the given data set and find the unknown values from the given pie charts.
A survey was conducted in a class to determine the favorite subject of students. The results of the survey are given below:
15 students like mathematics
20 like science
10 like computer science
25 like physics
15 like history
Make a pie chart using the above data.
Follow these steps to make a pie chart:
Make a table of the data like this:
|Subject||Number of Students|
Take an aggregate of all the values. The sum of all the values in this example is 85.
Calculate the percentage of each subject by dividing each number by total and multiplying it by 100%.
Computer science =
Divide each value by total and multiply it with to get the degree:
Computer science =
Now, draw a circle using a compass and use a protector to measure the degree of each sector. The pie chart of this example is shown below:
A group of people was asked about the kind of activity they do daily to remain fit. Based on their responses, the following pie chart was developed.
a) What percentage of people said that they do running to keep themselves fit?
b) If a total of 217 people were interviewed, then how many people said that they walk daily to remain fit?
c) What part of the angle of the sector represented by the gym?
We will find solutions to each part like this.
Percentage of people who run daily to remain fit = ?
Total percentage of other activities = 15% + 29% + 11% + 26% = 81%
Percentage of people who run daily to remain fit = 100% = 81% = 19%
Hence, 19% of the total people run daily to keep themselves fit.
Percentage of people who walk daily to remain fit = 26%
Total number of people = 217
Number of people who walk daily to remain fit =
Hence, 56 people said that they walk daily to remain fit.
Percentage of people who go to gym = 11%
Total number of people = 217
Number of people who go to gym daily =
Angle of sector represented by the gym =
Hence, the angle of the sector represented by the gym is .
The monthly salary of John is $4000. He spends $1200 on rent, $400 on utility bills, $300 on transport, $800 on shopping, $450 on groceries and save the remaining money. Find the central angle of the pie chart representing each of these categories.
Total salary = $4000
Amount spent on rent = $1200
Central angle of the pie chart represented by rent =
Central angle of the pie chart represented by utility bills =
Central angle of the pie chart represented by transport =
Central angle of the pie chart represented by shopping =
Central angle of the pie chart represented by groceries =
Central angle of the pie chart represented by savings =
If 55% of the students in the college who graduated this year got jobs in the first month after graduation, then what is the central angle of the pie chart representing the graduates who got the job within the first month of graduation?
Percentage of students who got the job within the first month = 55%
Central angle of the pie chart representing these graduates =
150 students were interviewed in a school about their favorite profession. The central angle of the sector representing medical as a preferred profession is . How many students said that medical is their favorite/preferred profession?
Total number of students interviewed = 150
The central angle of the pie chart represented by medical =
First, we will convert the angle into percentage and then use the percentage to compute the number of students opting for a medical profession.
Percentage of students who preferred medical =
Number of students who said medical is their preferred profession =
Hence, out of 150 students, 13 students said that their favorite profession is medical.
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