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Area Charts (360)

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About Area Charts

The Area Chart is a great way to compare across scoring categories and visualize the gaps betweens scores. They represent each data source as shaded areas on a graph.

Area Charts have the same Graph Options as other general graphs. Visit the linked page for more details.

Standard Variations

Below, all standard variations of the Area Chart are listed. In the upper-right corner of each chart, you’ll see the icon that corresponds to the graph on the Graph Type menu.

Area Chart

Example area chart in a subject report

Qtip: Do you want to switch the location of the colored areas? For example, maybe you’d prefer the blue Self area to come in front of the purple Others. Just switch the order of the data sources in the graph, by clicking and dragging the icons next to the data sources:

Reorder icon to the left of data sources

3D Area Chart

Example 3D area chart in a subject report

Qtip: If you’ve changed colors or the order of your data sources and still feel the colors are unclear, it’s a good idea to play with the opacity settings on your graph.

Stacked Percent Area Chart

Example stacked percent area chart in a subject report

3D Stacked Percent Area Chart

Example 3D stacked percent area chart in a subject report

Stacked Area Chart

Example stacked area chart in a subject report

3D Stacked Area Chart

Example 3D stacked area chart in a subject report

Data Sources

The best set up for Area Charts is in comparing scoring categories. For each of the Area Charts displayed on this page, there are two data sources looking at all the scoring categories in the 360 project.

Data sources for an area chart

The fewer data points there are along the X Axis, the less area the chart can cover, so loading in only one category at a time doesn’t create a dynamic graph.

Matrix Table questions also work well with Area Charts if you select Use All Choices.

Use All Choices option for a data source

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