I was thinking about creating and adding a figure to one of my answers. I'd use data from a referenced source to create that figure, which would probably take the form of a bar chart or something similar. Is this considered original research? I've found this answer to the FAQ: "What constitutes original research?". It states:

Answers are original research when they perform non-trivial analysis of available data and present a novel result which requires specialist expertise to review. It is acceptable to provide a collection of evidence, but not to apply non-trivial calculations that require a community of experts to evaluate. (This also includes the use of non-trivial Internet-based tools.)

So, is creating a bar chart or a similar figure considered a "non-trivial analysis"?

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Nope, we allow that as long as it's trivial. E.g. a histogram, scatter plot etc are all fine.

The key to not falling into "original research" is that the answer should stand without the plot and it should only serve a further explanation.

For example this answer of mine is as close as it can get to original research without being so: the plot is a summary and there's independent evidence being presented.

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