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The stacked bar chart is great for adding another level of detail inside of a horizontal bar chart. You can do this by adding another dimension to your horizontal bar chart that will further divide the measure into sub-groups. The sub-groups are then color-coded on each bar as illustrated in the example below:
Figure 1: Stacked bar chart.
The example above shows sales volume by state with a further division of sales by customer segment (by adding the Customer Segment field to the Color shelf). This view is not ideal for comparing individual sales volume by customer segment across states, such as Corporate sales in Arizona versus Small Business sales in Wyoming.
On the other hand, the view does allow you to compare overall sales by state and the sub-division of those sales by customer segment within that state. For instance, we can see that California is clearly the champion in sales volume out of these states. Within California, it is clear that Corporate sales lead the way, followed by Home Office, Consumer, and finally, Small Business. Like every chart type, the effectiveness of a stacked bar chart depends on what you’re analyzing.
Other Chart Types
Here is the complete list of chart types from the Show Me menu. Be sure to check back often as we continue to release new articles in each chart type in this sub-series.
- Text Table (Crosstab)
- Heat Map
- Highlight Table
- Symbol Map
- Filled Map
- Pie Chart
- Horizontal Bar Chart
- Stacked Bar Chart
- Side-by-Side Bar Chart
- Circle View
- Side-by-Side Circle View
- Line Charts (Continuous & Discrete)
- Dual-Line Chart (Non-Synchronized)
- Area Charts (Continuous & Discrete)
- Scatter Plot
- Box-and-Whisker Plot
- Gantt Chart
- Bullet Graph
- Packed Bubbles
More Tableau Essentials
Want to learn more about Tableau? We have several posts outlining all of Tableau’s fantastic features. Check out the full list on our Tableau Essentials blog channel.
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