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  • Bump Chart Mod for Spotfire®

    Version 1.1.1, released November 2021



    The bump chart is a special type of line chart designed for exploring changes in ranking over time. It is useful to compare the position / performance / ranking of multiple observations rather than the actual values itself.

    Data requirement

    Every mod handles missing, corrupted and/or inconsistent data in different ways. It is advised to always review how the data is visualized.

    The bump chart can be used to visualize any dataset that contains items ranked at different time points. In order to make it work properly a data table with at least three columns is required:

    • One column should identify the items, for example, names of teams, countries, people or objects.
    • One column should contain a time point, for example years, or weeks.
    • One columns should contain the rank of the team, country, person or object at different times.

    Setting up the chart

    Let's say we have data about the popularity of different fruits:

    Year Rank Fruit Vote
    2018 1 Figs 179
    2018 2 Huckleberries 152
    2018 3 Cantaloupes 137
    2018 4 Apples 130
    2018 5 Bananas 76
    2018 6 Grapes 74
    2018 7 Elderberries 58
    2018 8 Jackfruits 56
    2018 9 Dates 26
    2018 10 Ice Cream Beans 17
    2019 1 Elderberries 176
    2019 2 Grapes 115
    2019 3 Cantaloupes 110
    2019 4 Huckleberries 110
    2019 5 Figs 104
    2019 6 Bananas 99
    2019 7 Dates 98
    2019 8 Apples 92
    2019 9 Jackfruits 80
    2019 10 Ice Cream Beans 77
    2020 1 Cantaloupes 155
    2020 2 Grapes 138
    2020 3 Apples 127
    2020 4 Ice Cream Beans 125
    2020 5 Figs 118
    2020 6 Jackfruits 118
    2020 7 Huckleberries 98
    2020 8 Dates 56
    2020 9 Elderberries 55
    2020 10 Bananas 18
    2021 1 Grapes 146
    2021 2 Jackfruits 140
    2021 3 Bananas 123
    2021 4 Apples 109
    2021 5 Figs 118
    2021 6 Cantaloupes 91
    2021 7 Huckleberries 80
    2021 8 Figs 77
    2021 9 Elderberries 70
    2021 10 Dates 54

    A basic bump chart can be configured to show how the ranking of different fruits have changed over time by creating a bump chart with the following settings:

    • Ranking = Rank
    • Period = Year
    • Line By = Fruit

    Optionally you could also use colors to show another measure. E.g:

    • Color By = Avg(Votes)

    The end result will look something like this:

    Configuring the chart

    The bump chart can be configured by setting the period, ranking, line by and color expression. A color gradient will be used if two circles with different colors are connected.
    Once the bump chart is configured and has data provided, you can also display the columns labels vertically. The setting is accessed by clicking on a scale.

    Using the chart


    Hovering over a circle will show the ranking, period and line by column and value.


    Clicking on a circle will mark it in the bump chart and in all other visualizations that uses the same marking. Clicking or dragging in the empty space in between circles will clear the marking. You can mark several circles by Ctrl-clicking on them. Clicking and dragging allow you to select multiple circles. You can select all circles within a range of periods or rankings by dragging along the column or row labels. Clicking on a line will mark the entire line and all circles in that group. Clicking on a row label will also mark the entire group. Ctrl-clicking on a row will add or remove the entire group to or from the current selection. Marked circles will be labeled with the Y-axis value.

    Help and support

    This Mod for Spotfire® is not supported by Spotfire Support.
    In the event of issues or to suggest features and enhancements, submit an issue in the Mod's GitHub repository.
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