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About Radar Charts

Radar Charts multiple scoring categories on one graph for easy comparison. Categories become points on the graph. The distance from the center indicates the value of the score in that category. A line connecting each score in the category represents the data source, so that multiple data sources become multiple colored areas on the graph. Because of this, radar charts work best when multiple scoring categories are set up and All Categories are loaded into the data source of the graph.

Multi-category data source with each set to "All Categories"

Because of the web-like appearance, many refer to Radar Charts as Spider Graphs. In fact, when you first generate a subject report, if you enable Scoring Spider Graph, a page with a large Radar Chart is created.

Standard Variations

Below, all standard variations of the Radar 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.

Radar Chart

Example of a radar chart in a subject report

Area Radar Chart

Example of an area radar chart in a subject report

Composite Radar Chart

Example of a composite radar chart in a subject report

While it is also a radar chart, the Composite Radar Chart has very different settings from the standard radar charts shown above. To learn more, visit the Composite Radar Chart Graph Options section below.

Q Radar Chart

Example of a q radar chart in a subject report

The Q Radar Chart has very different settings from the standard radar charts shown above. They are suited to only two To learn more, visit the Q Radar Chart Graph Options section below.

Standard Radar 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.

For information on general Graph Options, see Graphs Overview. Otherwise, read on in the page.

Axis and Grid Lines

  • Radial Axis: Deselecting this check box hides the outer connecting lines.
    Radial Axis option within the Report Options dropdown menu
  • Angular Axis: deselecting this check box with hide the inner lines spreading outward from the center.
    Angualr Axis option within the Report Options dropdown menu
  • Hide Label Axis: Selecting this option hides the scoring category labels from the graph.
  • Hide Number Axis: Selecting this option hides the numeric values from the graph.

Show/Hide Columns

Show/Hide Columns option within the Report Options dropdown menu

Hide scoring categories from the graph. Items with checkmarks next to them are being shown in the graph. This is the best way to exclude certain scoring categories from your Radar Chart.

Composite Radar 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

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 Composite Radar chart.

Swap Series and Categories

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

Example of series and category swapped

Background Image

This is a setting for the Perception Map. It will not affect your radar chart in any way.

Axis Scale

Axis Scale options within the Report Options dropdown menu

  • 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 reveal answer choices or scoring categories on the graph. Items with checkmarks next to them are being shown in the graph.

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!

Q Radar 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.

Q Radar Graph Options dropdown menu

General Graph Options

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

However, Labeling Options and Styling Options are the same.

Show Values

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

Example of Show Values option turned on

Show Axis Numbers

When selected, the number appears on each axis. For example, the image below shows that the graph goes from 0 in the center to 4 on the furthest rim.

Example of Show Axis Numbers option turned on

Show Background Color

When selected, this option adds a colored background to the radar chart.

Example of Show Background Color option turned on

Show Gradient

When selected, Show Gradient turns the area color to a gradient style.

Example of Show Gradient option turned on

Axis Scale

Axis Scale options within the Graph Options dropdown menu

  • 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.

Categories

Select scoring categories to display in the graph. Items with checkmarks next to them are being shown in the graph.

Decimal Places

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

Decimal Style

After you determine how many decimal places to include, you can decide what happens if a decimal ends in a 0, such as 34.50.

  • Floating: Any 0s on the end will be removed. For example, 34.50 becomes 34.5.
  • Fixed: 0s are always included. For example, 34.50 would stay 34.50.

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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