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.
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:
The data sources can be changed to whatever groups you want to compare.
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.
General Graph Options
With a few exceptions, the Composite Bar Chart has very different options from all other graphs.
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).
Set an image to display in the background of the perception map instead of the split colors.
If you’d like to remove the image, go to Background Image and select Clear.
- 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.
- 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.
Determine the number of decimal places that appear in the numbers on your graph.
Hide or reveal data sources on the graph. Items with checkmarks next to them are being shown in the graph.
Hide or display answer scoring categories on the map. Items with checkmarks next to them are being displayed.
Determine the order of the data in the graph by changing the field or direction it is sorted by.
If you’ve made edits to the graph, this option will clear them out and revert the graph back to it’s original settings.