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# Chart Types Tag

## Tableau Essentials: Chart Types – Packed Bubbles

The packed bubbles view, also known as a bubble chart, is a means to show relational value without regards to axes. The bubbles are packed in as tightly as possible to make efficient use of space.  There are a lot of different ways to use this...

## Tableau Essentials: Chart Types – Bullet Graph

A bullet graph is a very powerful way to compare data against historical performance or pre-assigned thresholds. As you’ll see, we can include a lot of information in a small space with this type of chart that is also Tableau’s answer to those looking for...

## Tableau Essentials: Chart Types – Gantt Chart

The Gantt chart was invented back in the 1910s by Mr. Henry Gantt as a way to visualize a schedule or progression of time. Since then, the Gantt chart has become a staple of project management methodology. Each task can be planned as an individual...

## Tableau Essentials: Chart Types – Box-and-Whisker Plot

Compared to the other chart types, the box-and-whisker plot (also known as the box plot) is a bit more complicated. Before we can delve into an example of how it is used within Tableau Software, we have to explain the logic behind this type of...

## Tableau Essentials: Chart Types – Histogram

A histogram is a visual representation of the distribution of data. There are two ways to create a histogram: 1. Select a single measure. Right-click on that measure to create a bin field. Drag the bin field from Dimensions to the Column shelf. Drag and drop...

## Tableau Essentials: Chart Types – Scatter Plot

The scatter plot, also known as a scatter diagram, scatter chart, scattergram or scatter graph, is useful to compare two different measures for patterns. Like the circle view and the side-by-side circle chart, the scatter plot also uses symbols to visualize data. The big difference...

## Tableau Essentials: Chart Types – Area Charts (Continuous & Discrete)

The area chart is a combination between a line graph and a stacked bar chart. It shows relative proportions of totals or percentage relationships. By stacking the volume beneath the line, the chart shows the total of the fields as well as their relative size...

## Tableau Essentials: Chart Types – Dual-Line Chart (Non-Synchronized)

A dual-line chart (also referred to as a dual-axis chart) is an extension of the line chart with a notable exception: It allows for more than one measure to be represented with two different axis ranges. This is done by assigning the right and left sides...

## Tableau Essentials: Chart Types – Line Charts (Continuous & Discrete)

The line chart is ideal for when you want to illustrate trends over time. To use the line chart, you must have a date field. In the below example (Figure 1), we are comparing the quarterly profit by SubRegion over the course of several years....

## Tableau Essentials: Chart Types – Side-by-Side Circle View

The side-by-side circle view is a variant of the circle view. The side-by-side circle allows you to add more measures to be compared next to each other for a richer analysis. To examine the side-by-side circle view, let’s take a hypothetical retail company and use...

## Tableau Essentials: Chart Types – Circle View

The circle view is another powerful visualization for comparative analysis. The example below in Figure 1 has quite a bit of information packed into a single visualization. First, you can see that we are examining the sales figures for each product category.  Take a look at...

## Tableau Essentials: Chart Types – Treemap

Treemaps are a relatively new feature to Tableau, first appearing in version 8.0. They are very powerful visualizations, particularly for illustrating hierarchical (tree-structured) data and part-to-whole relationships. Because of their visual nature, treemapping is ideal for legibly showing hundreds or even thousands of items in...

## Tableau Essentials: Chart Types – Side-by-Side Bar Chart

To examine the side-by-side bar chart, let’s first take three rows of vertical bar charts. These represent sales volume by state and are divided into the three different departments of our fictional company.   Figure 1: Vertical bar charts. That view is useful, true, but it has two...

## Tableau Essentials: Chart Types – Stacked Bar Chart

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...

## Tableau Essentials: Chart Types – Horizontal Bar Chart

The horizontal bar chart is a bit of a misnomer, because simply switching the axes with the Swap button in the Tableau toolbar will magically make a horizontal bar chart into a vertical bar chart! That’s actually not the crux of this chart – it is...

## Tableau Essentials: Chart Types – Pie Chart

Pie charts are among the most popular, if terribly overused, charts in business presentations. They are best suited to show proportional or percentage relationships. When used in the right circumstance, pie charts can quickly show relative value to the other data points in the measure.   Figure...

## Tableau Essentials: Chart Types – Filled Map

We’ve already covered the other type of map view in the symbol map article. Now, let’s look at the filled map chart type. The filled map is another view ideal for geographic data. Instead of circles or squares to display data points, the filled map uses...

## Tableau Essentials: Chart Types – Symbol Map

One of the great features about Tableau Software is the ease in utilizing maps for your visualizations. There are two chart types to choose from when creating a view with geographic data: symbol maps and filled maps. In this article, we’ll cover symbol maps. These...

## Tableau Essentials: Chart Types – Highlight Table

The highlight table allows us to apply conditional formatting to a view. Tableau will automatically apply a color scheme in either a continuous or stepped array of colors from highest to lowest. It is great for comparing a field’s values within a row or column. In...

## Tableau Essentials: Chart Types – Heat Map

To take a more visual approach to showing data than we might typically see in a crosstab, let’s consider a heat map. A heat map is a great way to compare categories using color and size. In this, you can compare two different measures. In...

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