A Comprehensive Review of Data Visualization Tools: Features, Strengths, and Weaknesses

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Addepalli Lavanya
Sakinam Sindhuja
Lokhande Gaurav
Waqas Ali


Data visualization tools have revolutionized processing, analysing, and communicating data. With the increasing amount of data available, it has become increasingly important to present data in an easily understandable and visually appealing way. As such, data visualization tools have become essential to data analysis and decisionmaking processes in various fields, including business, healthcare, social sciences, and engineering. This review paper aims to provide an overview of the various data visualization tools available and their features, strengths, and weaknesses. We begin by introducing the concept of data visualization and its importance in the data analysis process. We then provide a brief history of data visualization, highlighting its evolution over time from static charts to interactive and dynamic visualizations. We then discuss the available data visualization tools, including bar charts, line graphs, scatter plots, heat maps, tree maps, and network diagrams. For each type of visualization, we provide examples of when and how they can be used to present and analyse data effectively. Next, we examine the features and functionalities of popular data visualization tools, such as Tableau, Power BI, Google Data Studio, D3.js, and Python libraries like Matplotlib, Seaborn, and Plotly. We discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each tool and provide examples of realworld applications. In addition, we highlight the importance of choosing the right visualization tool based on the data type, audience, and purpose. We also discuss best practices for creating effective data visualizations, such as choosing the right colour scheme, designing for accessibility, and avoiding common pitfalls. Finally, we discuss future trends and developments in data visualization, such as using augmented and virtual reality for data visualization and incorporating machine learning and artificial intelligence in data visualization tools. In conclusion, data visualization tools have become an essential part of the data analysis process. This review paper overviews the available data visualization tools and their features, strengths, and weaknesses. By understanding the strengths and limitations of different visualization tools, researchers and analysts can effectively present and analyse data, leading to better decision-making and insights.

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Addepalli Lavanya, Sakinam Sindhuja, Lokhande Gaurav, and Waqas Ali, “A Comprehensive Review of Data Visualization Tools: Features, Strengths, and Weaknesses”, Int. J. Comput. Eng. Res. Trends, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 10–20, Jan. 2023.


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