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  • Spider Chart Mod for Spotfire®


    Version 1.0.0, released March 2021.

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    The spider chart mod visualizes multivariate data in the form of a two-dimensional chart with an arbitrary number of quantitative variables represented on axes starting from the same point. It is useful to compare multiple categories or groups of values over common variables in a single diagram to reveal distinct correlations, trade-offs, and a multitude of other comparative measures.

    Spider charts (also called radar charts, web charts, start chart, star plot, cobweb charts) have many use cases in different sectors like marketing, analysis, sales, research, education, and more.


    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.

    To make the spider chart mod work properly, the underlying data must be formatted in a certain way. A data table with at least four columns is required. One column should contain groups or categories, for example, names of people or objects. Others columns should contain the contribution for each point, one column per series to be plotted.


    Setting up the chart

    In this example dataset, we have five columns: Fiscal Year, Quarter 1, Quarter 2, Quarter 3 and Quarter 4

    FY Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
    2010 780 1045 865 745
    2011 1900 492 1344 931
    2012 1205 600 1340 1244
    2013 985 1091 540 1252
    2014 453 1304 990 525
    2015 1482 455 935 970
    2016 835 590 1037 864
    2017 575 455 790 625
    2018 1327 791 955 631
    2019 1175 1208 1201 745
    2020 1618 743 988 820

    In the spider chart configuration in Spotfire, we would specify the 'FY' column from the data table above as our X-axis and each other column as Y-axis. Then we configure Color-by to (Column Names).


    Configuring the chart

    Once the spider chart is configured and has data provided, you can alter the rendering of the visualization live. Click on a X-axis label to access the settings.

    Curve type

    • Rounded: Connect data points by smooth curves.
    • Linear: Connect data points by straight line segments.

    Rotate X-axis labels
    Rotate X-axis labels to follow the direction of the axis line.

    Normalize Y-axis values
    Prevent extreme values to distort/crowd the other values.

    Color fill
    Add background coloring for each category with transparency so that all categories can be seen.


    Using the chart

    The spider chart mod supports marking data and filtering data. Clicking on a marker will mark it. Clicking on a line will mark it. Clicking in an empty space will clear the marking.


    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.
    For general questions about Mods, please post in the Spotfire Community Forum with the topic "Spotfire Mods" to make it visible and routed to the appropriate team(s) to respond.


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