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Types of Charts

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Modified on Mon, 08 Apr 2013 04:53 PM Categorized as Chart, Data Controls
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Overview

There are a variety of types of charts available in the Dashboard Designer Toolbox. Many of them can also be combined together. The table below describes and compares each chart type—click on a chart for more details.

On Analytical dashboards, a subset of these chart types are available in the toolbox as Analytical Charts.

Note:
  • To change a series in a chart to be a different chart type, choose the appropriate Series Chart Type value below.
  • Charts can contain series set to a mix of different chart types if they are all rectangular or all circular. The series of a freeform chart can only be combined with other series of the same type.
  • If a chart is not supplied the required X or Y values, those data points will not be visible. If you have null values in your data and you want them to be displayed, consider configuring empty data points.


ChartSampleDescriptionSeries Chart Type# of Y (Metric) ValuesAll Y Values RequiredX (Dimension) Values RequiredCategoryDefault Legend Mode
100% Stacked AreaImageDisplays multiple series of data as stacked areas sized by each metric value's percentage of the stack total. The total of each stack is always 100% so that the entire chart will be filled.StackedArea1001YesYesRectangularSeries
100% Stacked BarImageDisplays multiple series of data as stacked bars (or columns) sized by each metric value's percentage of the stack total. The total of each stack is always 100% so that the entire chart will be filled.StackedBar1001YesYesRectangularSeries
AreaImageDisplays data trends as a filled area between zero and the metric value.Area1YesNoRectangularSeries
BarImage(or Column) allows the comparison of values relative to the others by displaying metric values as bars originating from zero. Bars may be vertical or horizontal.Bar1YesYesRectangularSeries
Box PlotImageAlso known as a box-and-whisker diagram, is used to summarize one or more data set distributions in a compact format.BoxPlot6NoNoRectangularSeries
BubbleImageA variation of the Point chart, where the points may be different sizes according to a second metric value.Bubble2NoYesRectangularSeries
CandlestickImageA variation of the Stock chart used to describe price movements over time. It requires four measures: high, low, open and close, and is most often used to plot fluctuations in securities and currencies.Candlestick4NoYesRectangularSeries
FunnelImageDisplays a metric as it proceeds through stages, which may be represented using a second metric: for example, the number of leads in each stage of a sales process, and the average length in time of each stage. Values may represent the width and/or height of each funnel segment.Funnel2NoNoFreeformData Points
LineImageDisplays data trends as a line plotting each metric value.Line1YesNoRectangularSeries
PieImageDisplays measure values as slices of a pie, sized by their percentage of the total.Pie1YesNoFreeformData Points
PointImageAlso known as a scatter-plot, uses symbols to represent values.Point1YesYesRectangularSeries
Radar AreaImageA circular chart that plots data points as a filled area between zero and the metric value.RadarArea1YesYesCircularSeries
Radar LineImageA circular chart that plots metric values as a line.RadarLine1YesYesCircularSeries
Radar RangeImageA circular chart that plots data points as a filled area between two metric values.RadarRange2YesYesCircularSeries
Radar Stacked AreaImageA circular chart that plots metric values as a filled area stacked on top of others by dimension value.RadarStackedArea1YesYesCircularSeries
RangeImageDisplays a range of data as a filled area between two metric values.Range2YesNoRectangularSeries
Range BarImage(or a simple Gantt chart) displays bars ranging between a start and end value, typically the start and end dates of activities.RangeBar2YesYesRectangularSeries
SplineImageDisplays data trends as a smoothed line plotting each metric value.Spline1YesYesRectangularSeries
Spline AreaImageDisplays data trends as a filled area between zero and a smoothed line plotting each metric value.SplineArea1YesYesRectangularSeries
Spline RangeImageDisplays a range of data as a filled area between smoothed lines plotting two metrics.SplineRange2YesYesRectangularSeries
Stacked AreaImageDisplays a filled area for each series, where the metric values are stacked on top of other series by dimension value, and originate from zero.StackedArea1YesYesRectangularSeries
Stacked BarImageDisplays a bar (or column) for each dimension value, made up of the metrics of each series stacked on top of each other. Each bar originates from zero.StackedBar1YesYesRectangularSeries
StockImageDescribes price movements over time, using bars with ticks to represent a stock's open, close, high and low values.Stock4NoYesRectangularSeries

Add-ons

Chart add-ons are available that make use of the chart types above but display the data in a more specialized way:

  • Pareto Chart — A bar or stacked bar chart with totals sorted in descending order, combined with an optional cumulative percentage line.
  • Six Sigma Charts — A set of nine Six Sigma control charts with lines displaying metric values against control limits.

Add-ons can be easily installed from the Dundas Dashboard Deployment Center.

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