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Scatter Chart

A scatter chart displays two or more sets of numeric data points plotted as discrete points across a grid. Scatter charts allow users to determine a pattern, if any, in the data and the scope or distribution of the data. Scatter charts are related to Line Charts and Bubble Charts.

For best results with scatter charts, limit the number of repeating items to be plotted to 30 or less.

You can plot more than one set of points in a scatter chart. See Characteristics and Configure This View for more information.



A set of repeating items with:

  • At least two fields with numeric data to use as the X and Y coordinates of the points to plot in the chart.

  • An alphanumeric field to use as a tooltip for each point.

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Configure This View

Choose the Scatter Chart view and:

  1. If needed, change the Select Repeating Element field to find the repeating items that contain the fields you want to plot. This must be the parent node to the fields you want to use and it must be a repeating node.

  2. Drag and drop columns with numeric data to both the X Column and Y Column fields.

    You can click Show Data to see the actual data and simply drag the appropriate column title. Hide Data closes this and shows just the column names.

  3. Drag and drop a column with text or numeric data into the Tooltip field.

  4. To plot additional points in the scatter chart, click Add series columns. This opens another set of X and Y Column fields with a Tooltip field. Repeat the previous two steps to complete this series.

    For best results, the numeric data for all of the series that you include in a scatter chart should fall within a similar range of values. One series with very large or very small values can skew the scale of the chart, making it difficult to see or understand other data.

  5. Click Next and set basic options for the chart in the Customize Appearance step:

    • Set a Caption or Subcaption for the chart.

    • Set captions, if needed, for the X and Y axes.

    • If needed, add a prefix or suffix for all numeric labels for this chart.

      Common examples might be $ as the prefix or % as the suffix.

  6. If needed, click Switch to advanced mode to set other visual properties for the chart. See Advanced Configuration Properties for details.

  7. Preview the chart at any time.

  8. Once you are satisfied, save the view:

    1. Click Finish.

    2. Give the view a name, and optional description.

    3. Click Save.