Figures are methods to visualize various characteristics of the data. I have used two types of figures in the past, charts/diagrams and schematic representations.

Charts/diagrams offer a useful way of describing the size/strength of variables in relation to each other. Bar charts and line charts use a vertical 7-axis and a horizontal X-axis to present data (see Figures 1

and 2). The vertical axis usually represents the unit of measurement (or dependent variable) and the horizontal axis the independent variable^). These charts are very flexible in terms of the type of data they can display, and they can effectively demonstrate comparisons or changes over time in a way that is easy to interpret (Fink, 1995).

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