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Graphs Basic Overview (360)

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About Graphs

Graphs are a colorful and informative way to represent data in your subject report. On this page, you’ll learn about the settings that all 360 graphs have in common.

Click New Graph on the top-left to add a new graph to your report.

New Graph button in upper-left of subject report

Graph Types

To choose your graph type, click on an existing graph, then do one of the following:

  1. Click Graph Type on the toolbar above.
    Graph Type dropdown menu in a subject report
  2. Click Graph Options on the toolbar above, then select Graph Type.
    Graph Type option in the Graph Options dropdown menu

In 360, there are over many variations of graphs to choose from, each with its own strengths. Click the links listed below to learn more about the special settings available for each.

Label Options

Sometimes, the wording you used in your survey to make a question understandable will not translate well to a graph. Luckily, you can change the text in a graph without changing it anywhere else.

Double-click on any question text or choice names in your graph to change them.

Example labels on a graph

Once you’re finished typing your new label, click Save.

Save button in the Graph Text editing window

Attention: Editing a label in a graph will change the graph’s label in all reports. For example, if you edit the label of the first bar in your bar chart, the first bar in that bar chart in every report will be updated. If you’d like to change a label associated with a data source, we recommend renaming the data source instead.

To revert back to the original labels, double-click the label, erase all the text in the box, and press Save. When the changes are done loading, the original labels will be back.

Text entry box in the Graph Text editing window

Styling a Graph

Right click a graph and select Graph Options, or click the graph and then select Graph Options from the toolbar above. At the top of your list of Graph Options, you’ll see that you can adjust the font and colors for your graph.

Font and color options in the Graph Options dropdown menu

For Font, you can adjust the font face, size, and color.

For Colors, you can click and drag colors to rearrange the order they appear in the graph, or you can click the dropdown arrow to choose a different color palette.

To change these settings for all graphs, not just one, check out the page on Subject Report Options.

Additional Dimension Options

Some graphs have an additional two style options.

3D depth and opacity options in the Graph Options dropdown menu

For graphs that have 3D variations or added depth, you can decide how much the dimensions pop by adjusting 3D Depth.

You can adjust how see-through the colored parts are by adjusting Opacity. This allows you to see overlaps and dimension on 3D graphs.

Graph Options

Right click a graph and select Graph Options, or click the graph and then select Graph Options from the toolbar above to get a list of additional options for your graph.

Additional options in the Graph Options dropdown menu

Remember, for graphs with special options, check out the appropriate linked page above.

Show Values

Selecting Show Values makes the numeric value of each data point appear above it.

Graph with the Show Values option turned on

Truncate Labels

When Truncate Labels is selected, choices with longer names are cut off with ellipses.

Graph with the truncated labels option turned on

To get the full statement to display, make sure Truncate Labels is deselected.

Move Labels to Legend

When you select Move Labels to Legend, the choices/statements displayed by each colored portion of a graph will be moved to the Legend instead.

For questions with one dimension, like a multiple choice question, this will result in the labels just being moved.

Legend options on an example pie chart

For multidimensional questions, such as Matrix Tables, which have choices AND scale points, this option switches the location of the two dimensions.

Legend options on a bar chart

Reverse Data Layers

When selected, this option will rearrange the order of the data on larger, more complex graphs.

Axis & Grid Lines

You can modify what axis lines appear on your graphs, as well as the labels that come with them.

Axis and grid lines options

  • X Axis: Select this to include the X axis. When deselected, the line goes away, but labels on the X axis do not.
  • Y Axis: Select this to include the Y Axis. When deselected, the line goes away, but the numbers along the Y axis do not.
  • X Grid: Add horizontal lines across your graph for every interval.
    X Grid added to a bar chart

    Qtip: Determine the intervals of the X grid in the Graph Option called Axis Scale.
  • Y Grid: Add vertical lines across your graph for every data point.
    Y Grid added to a bar chart

    Qtip: Note that the X and Y Grid are switched in the horizontal bar chart.
  • Hide Label Axis: Hide the answer choice labels.
    Bar chart with hidden answer choice labels
  • Hide Number Axis: Hide the number scale.
    Bar chart with hidden number scale

Axis Scale

Axis scale options

  • Scale Min: Let the graph automatically determine a minimum value for the scale, or set one manually.
  • Scale Max: Let the graph automatically determine a maximum value for the scale, or set one manually.
  • Scale Step: Determine the intervals between the number axis. A scale with an interval of 1 will go 1, 2, 3, 4, etc., but a scale with an interval of 0.5 will go 0.5, 1, 1.5, 2, etc.

To customize any of the values, navigate to where it says Define and click change in blue.

Show/Hide Legend

Show/Hide Legend options

Determine where the legend appears on the graph, or remove it entirely by clicking None.

Decimal Places

Determine the number of decimal places that appear in the numbers on your graph.

Sort By

Determine the order of the data in the graph by changing the field or direction it is sorted by.

Show/Hide Columns

Hide choices or scoring categories from the graph. Items with checkmarks next to them are being shown in the graph.

Show/Hide Series

For multi-dimensional questions, such as Matrix Tables, which have scale points and statements, you can choose to hide certain scale points from the graph. Items with checkmarks next to them are being shown in the graph.

Data Format

Decide what format your graph data appears in.

Data format options

  • Count: The number of responses each choice received.
  • Mean: The average score on a question.
  • Standard Deviation: The average distance of the observations from their mean.
  • Weighted Mean: Calculated by taking the total score of all items and dividing it by the number of items in the scoring category. For example, if your total score is 50, and there were 10 questions in the scoring category, your weighted mean would be 5.  Since weighted mean forces all scoring categories onto the same scale, this makes it good for comparing scoring categories that add up to different total points.
  • Weighted Standard Deviation: A standard deviation calculation that compensates for differences in sample size.
  • Percentile: The percentile into which each choice fits.

Export Graph

Export the graph in PDF, PowerPoint, or Word format.

Clear Properties

If you’ve made edits to the graph, this option will clear them out and revert the graph back to it’s original settings.

Warning: If you do this, you edits will not be retrievable, so make absolutely sure you want to do this before you click this option!

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