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Ad Hoc View – Column Spline Chart

Column Spline charts display the first measure data as a column graph, the last measure data points are connected by a fitted curve rather than a straight line. Dual-Axis charts allow you to compare two or more measures, using multiple charting types. Charts allow you to graphically display your data. There are a number of different chart types available.


Step 1.  Open or create a new ad hoc view (refer to the Creating Ad Hoc Views article for further information) Step 2. Click on the Select Visualisation Type icon in the top menu
Visualisation Type Icon
The Select Visualisation Type window is displayed
Step 3. Select Dual and Multi-axis from the list There are four Dual-Axis charts available: Each chart type displays your data in slightly different ways. Step 4.  Select Column Spline Chart Step 5. Click and drag 2 measures from the measures area on the left-hand side pane to a row or column. Select a measure e.g. Income Amount, Count of Clients
Tip: All dual-axis charts must have 2 or more measures.
2 measures no fields With 2 measures and no fields, the chart displays the total column for the first (left) measure and a point for the last (right) measure. Step 6. Click and Drag a field to the rows area e.g. Primary Address City. This allows the measure data to be broken up by the field information. Field added to rows You’ll notice when the field is added that the chart may not change. Field added no change In the right-hand side pane there is a section caller Data Level. Data Level The slider allows you to quickly change the level at which the data is reported.  When the slider is all the way to the left, it shows the measure total. Step 7. Slide the slider all the way to the right.
Tip: If you hover your mouse over the left and right ends of the slider the data level options will be displayed.  Sometimes there are multiple options along the length of the slider.
 Column Spline Chart   The measures are now split by the added field. Step 7. To break the measure further, add another field to the rows section. e.g. Gender Second Field to row Again, the chart does not change as the slider begins at the totals (far left) end. Step 8. Slide the rows slider to the right. Column Spline one field Note – to make the chart clearer, we have added a filter to only show a subset of data. For more information on Filters, refer to Ad Hoc View – Filters The measures are now split by the additional row field (Gender) but grouped by the row field (Primary address city). If you change the order of these rows, the chart will group by Gender and split by primary address city. If you add additional fields to the rows or columns, the sliders will update and the measures will be split if you move the sliders. Column spline multiple fields You may find that the chart becomes less useful if you add too many fields.

Further Information

For further information on Ad Hoc Views and Charts, refer to the following articles:
Updated on May 1, 2020

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