Creating charts

You can create one or more charts to visualize analytic output results. You can create a maximum of seven charts in a data interpretation.

Once you have created a chart, you have the option to export it as an image that can be included in an external report.

To create a chart:

  1. In the Analysis App window, click Open beside a results table or a saved interpretation to open it in the Visualizer.
  2. Click Add Visualization and select the type of chart you want to create.

    You can select from one of six chart types: pie chart, bar chart, line chart, stacked area chart, bubble chart, or metrics.

    For information about creating a metrics visualization, see Viewing metrics.

  3. In the Configure Visualization panel, specify the data dimensions that you want the chart to include:
    1. Select fields for the X-Axis (horizontal axis) and the Y-Axis (vertical axis) of the chart (or for the Categories displayed and Value of a pie chart).

      If you are creating a chart that shows changes over time, a typical arrangement is to specify a datetime field for the X-axis and a numeric (value) field for the Y-axis. However, you are not limited to this arrangement.

      Note

      The pie chart and the bar chart cannot display datetime fields.

    2. If you are creating a bubble chart, select a numeric field to associate with Bubble size.
    3. Optional. Change the aggregation type for the Y-Axis, Value, or Bubble size numeric field by selecting one of the following:
      • Count

      • Average

      • Sum

      • Min

      • Max

      The default setting is Sum, which means that totals or sub-totals are calculated using the values in the numeric field. For more information about the aggregation types, see About visualizations.

    4. Optional. Select a character field in Color by.

      Specifying a Color by field includes an additional data dimension in the chart, with an associated legend. The additional data dimension adds non-quantitative categories to the chart, or sub-divides categories already added to the chart. You can think of the Color by field as a break field. The Color by field is not available for the pie chart because the pie chart supports only two data dimensions.

    For more information about data dimensions, see About visualizations.

  4. Click Apply.

    The chart is displayed using the settings you specified.

  5. If you want add a unique title to the chart, click Untitled Visualization, enter a title, and press Enter.
  6. If you want to change how the chart is formatted, or create space for long data marker names, click Configure to open the Configure Visualization panel, and click Display to change any of the following settings.
    Note

    Some of the settings below do not apply to some chart types.

    Show Legend – Deselect this setting to remove the legend from the chart.

    Rotate Horizontal (bar chart only) – Select this setting to change the orientation of the chart from vertical to horizontal.

    X-Axis:

    • Show Label – Deselect this setting to remove the label from the X-axis.

    • Margin (in pixels) – Adjust the number to increase or decrease the white space at the bottom of the chart.

    • Tick Mark Rotation (in degrees) – Adjust the number from -90 to 90 to rotate the data marker labels left or right. A setting of “0” positions the labels perfectly level.

    • Stagger Tick Marks – Select this setting to stagger the data marker labels. The staggered labels are positioned level regardless of the rotation setting.

    Y-Axis:

    • Show Label – Deselect this setting to remove the label from the Y-axis.

    • Axis Label Distance (in pixels) – Adjust the number to increase or decrease the distance between the Y-axis label and the Y-axis. You can enter a negative number, such as -100, to move the label to the right of the axis and into the chart area.

    • Margin (in pixels) – Adjust the number to increase or decrease the white space at the left of the chart.

    Pie chart only:

    • Show Percentage Labels – Deselect this setting to remove the labels from the pie segments.

    • Donut – Select this setting to change the shape of the chart from a pie to a donut.

    • Donut hole ratio – Adjust the number to increase or decrease the white space in the middle of the donut.

    • Bottom margin (in pixels) – Adjust the number to increase or decrease the white space at the bottom of the chart.

    • Left margin (in pixels) – Adjust the number to increase or decrease the white space at the left of the chart.

    At any point you can click Restore Defaults to return to the default settings.

  7. To save the chart, save or update the interpretation by doing the following:
    1. In the upper right corner, click the Save button, or click the Save drop-down list and select Save.
    2. If required, enter a title for the interpretation and click Save.

      You also have the option of entering a summary describing the interpretation. Once created, the summary can be viewed or edited by clicking the information icon following the interpretation title. The same summary appears for all charts in the interpretation.

  8. If you want to export the chart as an image (.PNG file), do the following:
    1. Click Export Visualization in the Configure Visualization panel.

      If required, click Configure > Display to access the Export Visualization option.

    2. Accept the default name for the chart image (acl-chart-exported-<chart_number>.png), or enter a new name.
    3. Navigate to the location where you want to save the image.
    4. Click Save.
  9. If you want to delete the chart, click Delete chart in the Configure Visualization panel.

    If required, click Configure > Data to access the Delete chart option.

  10. To return to the Analysis App window, click Back to Analysis App .
Related concepts
About visualizations
Pie chart
Bar chart
Line chart
Stacked area chart
Bubble chart


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