How to Make a Customized Excess Mortality Chart in Excel

Show current evolution against expected historical variability and add one or more series that could account for the difference.

Displaying expected versus actual values is a common task in data visualization, and multiple levels of detail and complexity can be used. The chart below lets you compare a reference line to current data and see how they change over time. It includes several subtasks, like displaying expected variability, absolute differences and the data for a major component of that difference.

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About the Author

Jorge Camoes is a data visualization consultant based in Lisbon. Author of the book Data at Work. Runs ExcelCharts.com, where he discusses how to use Excel as data visualization tool. Recently playing with PowerBI & PowerQuery.