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Scatter Plot Widget (CX)

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About Scatter Plot Widgets

The scatter plot widget displays data from multiple fields as individual points. This is useful when looking for trends in your data. In addition to choosing fields for the X and Y axes, a third dimension can be added to the plot in the form of point size or color. This allows for a high level of customizability.
Scatter Plot widget

Field Type Compatibility

The scatter plot widget is compatible with the following field types:

  • Numeric Value
  • Number Set

Only fields with the above types will be available when selecting fields for the X-axis and Y-axis on the scatter plot.

Basic Setup

Numbered steps in a scatter plot - here it's just two, x axis and y axis

  1. Choose a numeric value or number set field to serve as the x-axis measure.
  2. Choose a different numeric value or number set field to serve as the y-axis measure.

From there, you can further customize your scatter plot by choosing a measure that corresponds to bubble size and / or bubble color.

Widget Customization

For basic widget instructions and customization, visit the Building Widgets support page. Continue reading for widget-specific customization.

Point Color

Clicking Set Color Dimension under Point Color allows you to select a data field whose values will be displayed as different colors across the plot. Once a field is selected for this dimension, colors can be set for each value under the Legend Values section. Colors for points will be determined by the counts for each value. The higher the count for a particular value on a point, the closer it will be to that value’s color.
Label and Dimension options in Point Color menu

Qtip: Unlike the X and Y-axes, both Text and Number fields can be used for the color dimension.

Bubble Size

Clicking Set Size Dimensions under Bubble Size allows you to select a data field whose values will determine the size of the data points across the plot. In addition to a data field, count can also be used for the bubble size. Once a selection is made for this dimension, the point sizes will adjust to reflect the counts for each value (for a data field) or the overall count (if the metric count is selected).
Label and Dimension options in Bubble Size menu

Qtip: If you set bubble size to “count,” you will no longer be able to set bubble color according to another field, and will have to use just one color for all bubbles. The reason for this is that by switching to “count,” each data point will represent multiple data points collected, as opposed to one specific aggregated data point.

Additional X and Y Axis Settings

To hide the x or y axis, deselect Show axis under the corresponding axis. You can also select Use custom range to set a manual minimum and maximum range on the axis, rather than relying on what the widget automatically set based on data collected thus far.

The axis settings described

Point Size

There are three different point sizes that can be selected under Point Size: Small, Medium, and Large. Depending on how many points are displayed on your Scatter Plot, a smaller or larger size may be more appropriate.
Point Size dropdown in righthand editing pane

Regression Lines

Clicking Add Regression Line under the Regression Lines section determines a mathematical equation to describe the data and displays this equation as a line on the plot. This line represents a “best fit” of the data. You can choose to display the equation itself, the correlation coefficient (Pearson’s r), or a custom value as the label for this line in the plot legend.
Regression lines section in righthand editing pane

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