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I have tweet counts for a bunch of topics by day, by week and by month. Now I want to visualize them using bar charts.

Is it a good practice to visualize the exact counts or shall I take weekly averages and visualize them?

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  • $\begingroup$ What do you mean by exact counts? And what is your problem statement? What are you trying to solve? $\endgroup$ – Dawny33 Oct 5 '15 at 6:46
  • $\begingroup$ I have the number of tweets for each day for a given term like #linux. I am trying to see if there is a peak of interest in any of the technologies at a given period and trying to correlate with any major events happening at the time. I'll probably annotate those events in the charts. That's the idea for now, at least. $\endgroup$ – Jithesh Oct 5 '15 at 6:51
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It's interesting what your saying but it all depends on the interest of the person asking.. If you need to analyse only one day then it's fine. But if I were you I would definitely make an average and make a scatter plot of it.

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If you want to analyze the trends over time for a time period greater than a week, then you can average the count per day and analyze. This would help you look at the trends and (possible)seasonality of the tags.

So, as per your problem statement, I would suggest you go with a scatter plot of the tag counts.

You would also like to have a look at this post which talks about keeping an eye on the varying number of days and weekends in monthly cycles.

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