About Simple Chart Widgets
The simple chart widget allows you to display data in a range of basic charts. Changing the chart type, setting colors, and choosing display options allows you to tailor charts to fit a wide range of situations.
Field Type Compatibility
The simple chart widget is compatible with the following field types:
Only fields with the above types will be available when selecting your X Axis Dimension or Data Series for a simple chart.
Setting up a Simple Chart Widget
Choosing a chart type allows you to decide the format in which you would like your data to be displayed. The simple chart widget has four chart types:
- The Bar chart type creates a simple vertical bar chart.
- The Horizontal Bar chart type creates a bar chart that is oriented horizontally.
- The Line chart type displays the data points connected by a continuous line. Check Spline under Display Options to smooth this line.
- The Area chart type fills the area beneath the data with a solid color. This chart type is particularly useful if you are breaking out your data using a data series.
Metrics, X-Axis Dimensions, and Data Series
- When setting up your simple chart widget, at minimum, you will need to define a metric. If you decide to use a metric other than count (which does not require additional specifications), you will be required to specify a field for the metric.
- You can then add an X-Axis dimension, if desired. This acts as a breakout for your selected metric and appears as the additional labels that display at the bottom of your chart.
- To add an additional breakout on top of your X Axis dimension, you can select a Data Series. A data series will allow you to examine your data on an additional granular level.
Qtip: You will only be able to specify your X Axis dimension if your widget has only one metric on it. If you use more than one metric in your chart, the X Axis dimension will automatically display Metrics and use your selected metrics as a breakout instead.
Qtip: If you choose to add a data series, you will only be able to add fields with the type Text Set, Multi-Answer Text Set, Number Set, or Date. If you do not add a data series and only have a single metric and x-axis dimension added, you will have the option to Only show top/bottom N values. Check this box to specify whether you would like to show only Top or Bottom values and to specify how many of these values you would like shown.
Count Metric Options
When you select count as your metric type and have both an x-axis and data series defined, additional options will be available for displaying your metric. To navigate to these options, click your metric and select Options.
The different options are as follows:
- Metric value (default): The chart will show the numeric count of each data point. The chart will display a number.
- Metric value/ Total: The chart will show the result of the calculation (numeric count/total number of responses). The chart will display a percentage.
- Metric value/ Row total: The chart will show the result of the calculation (numeric count/total number of responses in the x-axis dimension). The chart will display a percentage.
Example: In this screenshot, each bar displays the number of responses for a data point divided by the number of responses in the same x-dimension. For example, the bar for Customer Success responses collected in 2018 displays 17%. This is because the bar is showing the result of this calculation: (15/(15+29+46)) = 0.17 or 17%. To get these numbers, we add up each of the metric values from the default chart for Customer Success only. So, we see that 15 responded in 2018, 29 responded in 2019, and 46 responded in 2020. These responses make up the denominator of our equation. The numerator is the metric we’re interested in, which is the number of Customer Success that responded in 2018.
- Metric value/ Column total: The chart will show the result of the calculation (numeric count/total number of responses in the data series). The chart will display a percentage.
Example: In this screenshot, each bar displays the number of responses for a data point divided by the number of responses in the same data series. For example, the bar for Customer Success that responded in 2018 displays 23%. This is because the bar is showing the result of this calculation: (15/(15+7+12+30) = 0.23 or 23%. To get these numbers, we add up each of the metric values from the default chart for responses that responded in 2018 only. So, we see that 15 were from Customer Success, 7 were from Marketing, 12 were from Sales, and 30 responses not shown were collected without department data. These responses make up the denominator of our equation. The numerator is the metric we’re interested in, which is the number of people in Customer Success who responded in 2018.
Switching Normalized Chart to Yes will display each data point in the chart as a percentage out of 100%. This is useful if your data is broken out with a data series and you would like to view the fraction of respondents that selected certain values as relative percentages instead of explicit counts.
Switching Stack Chart to Yes will condense the bars in your chart into a single stacked bar. If you have your widget broken out with a data series, there will be a stacked bar for each value of the data series field. This is particularly useful if you are normalizing the widget. In this case, the length of the bar will be 100% and it will be divided into sections to match the percentages of each data point.
Depending on the setup you have chosen for your simple chart, you axis settings options may appear differently from what they are shown as here. However, functionality remains the same and you will be able to apply these settings to whatever setup you have chosen.
You can change how your x-axis is ordered by using the Axis Sorting options. Custom and Labels will always be options; additional options will appear depending on your widget setup. If you choose Custom, you will be able to drag and drop the axis values below the Axis Sorting section into whatever order you would like. To rename your axis values, simply click on the axis value’s name under Axis Values and type whatever name you would like.
You will be able to specify your vertical range by typing in your min and max under the Vertical Range section. This defines the maximum and minimum values on the y-axis of your widget. If you do not define values, these ranges will be set automatically to be inclusive of your data values.
To change the color of a legend value, select the color to the left of the value under Legend Values. You can also drag and drop the legend values into whatever order you would like.
- Show X Axis: Displays your X Axis values.
- Show X Axis Title: Add a title to your X Axis.
Qtip: If you add a title and want to return to the default, erase what you wrote; it will automatically go back to the field name.
- Show Y Axis: Displays your Y Axis values.
- Show Y Axis Title: Add a title to your Y Axis.
- Show Legend: Determine whether to show a legend on your chart, and where. Line charts have the option for in-line labelling.
- Show data values: Will display the data values on the chart itself. If you’ve got a line chart, you can show data on every point of the graph, for only minimum and maximum points, or only for the last data points.
- Show Tooltip: Displays the field value and its data value when you hover over it on the chart.
- Show number of responses for each data value in tooltip: Displays in the tooltip the total number of responses accounted for in each data value.
- Show grid lines: Displays grid lines on your chart. If you are using a line chart, you will have separate options to disable horizontal and vertical grid lines.
- Spline: Option for line charts that rounds out where points meet.
Dashboards can help you understand whether the differences you see over time or between groups are statistically significant, and therefore worthy of driving important business decisions. With significance testing in simple line charts and simple tables, you can discover what data changes matter most.
See Significance Testing in Simple Charts & Simple Tables (CX) for more information. Although this is a CX Dashboards page, the functionality described is the same as in EX dashboards.
Rolling calculations are a means of applying a metric over a set of data points composed of multiple periods. The rolling calculations options are Rolling Averages and Rolling Metrics.
See Rolling Calculations in Widget Metrics for more information. Although this is a CX Dashboards page, the functionality described is the same as in EX dashboards.
Let’s say you’ve loaded many different metrics into your table – NPS, average, minimum, maximum, and so on – and you want to be able to filter this data for easier viewing. Furthermore, maybe you want some dashboard users have permission to see a certain metric, but others not to.
Metric filters are a special simple chart filter that allow you to decide who sees what metrics.
Adding a Metric Filter
- Choose a simple chart widget that has multiple metrics added to it.
- Click the filter icon.
- Click Add Filter.
- Select Metric Filter.
- Under the Metric Filter dropdown, decide which metrics to include or exclude.
- To prevent dashboard users from modifying this filter, select Lock Filter.
Mapping User Attributes to Metric Filters
You can make the default metrics users see vary based on user attribute. Users will still be able to select different filters, but what they see by default will vary.
- Set up a user attribute. The value should be the exact name of the metrics you want to include in this filter, separated by commas.
- Navigate back to your dashboard on editing mode.
- In your metric filter, select Set default value from user attribute.
- Select a user attribute from the dropdown.
- Make sure the Attribute Value and Data Value correspond to the desired information.
- To use the user attributes exactly as they’re saved, click Use User Attribute values directly.
- Click Save.
- Once a user attribute is set, you can also limit the default value by role. If desired, select Limit default value by role.
Qtip: When you choose to “Limit default value to role,” you are determining a single role whose default metrics will be limited by the members’ user attribute. This means that members of the role will see what you set as their user attributes by default, whereas everyone outside the role will just see all the metrics by default.
- If you selected Limit default value to role, select a role from the dropdown.
Adding Reference Lines to Widgets
You can also use aggregate data to set goal lines on simple chart widgets displaying your company’s data. This provides a nice visual key of where your company’s data stands against industry leaders.
- Create a simple chart widget.
- Set the chart type.
Qtip: Generally, goal lines work best with the line chart type.
- Set a Metric.
- Set an X-Axis breakout.
- Click Add Reference Line.
- Click your newly made reference line.
- Label your line.
- Select between:
- Based on value: Type a static value to serve as the goal line.
- Based on metric: Select a metric, creating a dynamic goal line that adjusts as you collect data.
- Depending on what line type you chose, type the value of the benchmark you’d like to use as a goal line or select the metric you’d like to use.
- Repeat Steps 4-7 as needed.
- Change the colors of your reference lines.
Goal line colors will be included in the legend.
Qtip: If goal lines are not appearing as you want them to on the widget, try adjusting the max or min of the simple chart.
Date filters have a few unique functions on simple charts, including the ability to compare historically and a feature called metric filters. To learn more, see Date Filters.