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About Perception Maps

Also known as a Congruence Chart, the Perception Map is a simple comparison of two groups designed to point out discrepancies in one’s perception of themselves relative to others. Each symbol represents a competency, defined in the key to the right of the chart.

Example of a perception map in a subject report

Basic Set-Up

Perception Maps work best when you make sure:

  • There are at least two data sources (for example, Self and Others)
  • You have scoring categories set up
  • You set the data sources to include All Categories.

Your scoring categories will be represented as symbols on the right, while the two data sources will be the colors splitting the map in half across the middle.

Below is an example of how the data source should look, including the resulting Perception Map:

Example data sources for a perception map

The data sources can be changed to whatever groups you want to compare.

Qtip: Remove scoring categories you don’t want to display in the Perception Map using the Show/Hide Categories option described below.

Graph Options

Graph Options can be accessed by right-clicking the graph and selecting Graph Options, or by clicking the graph and then clicking the Graph Options button in the toolbar above.

Graph Options dropdown menu for a perception map

General Graph Options

With a few exceptions, the Composite Bar Chart has very different options from all other graphs.

However, Labeling Options and Styling Options are the same.

Hide Axis/Series Labels

These options are for Composite Bar Charts and will not affect your Perception Map.

Swap Series and Categories

When selected, this option switches the relationship data sources (series) with the scores (categories).

Example of swapped categories and series

Background Image

Set an image to display in the background of the perception map instead of the split colors.

Example of background image set on a perception map

If you’d like to remove the image, go to Background Image and select Clear.

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.

Data Format

  • 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.
  • Percentile: The percentile into which each category fits.

Decimal Places

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

Show/Hide Series

Hide or reveal data sources on the graph. Items with checkmarks next to them are being shown in the graph.

Show/Hide Categories

Hide or display answer scoring categories on the map. Items with checkmarks next to them are being displayed.

Sort By

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

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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