Displaying Data in Charts

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Present data in charts

The Chart

Your report is the gateway to insights and actionable information. Using the right charts means that your audience interprets data the right way and gets the right insights without any confusion. We broke them down into groups so you can identify the one that is most relevant depending on what you are trying to demonstrate.

You want to ask yourself a few questions before picking visualizations. These are examples that help you know why you might need a specific chart. Are you trying to compare values or analyze trends? Do you want to demonstrate the composition of a process or understand how your data is distributed? Do you want to highlight the relationship between several data subsets?

Charts are grouped by intentions and the type of analysis you want to run.

We broke them down in multiple groups to help you decide which ones are the most relevant to your needs.


Geomaps display data on a geographic map.

Geomap charts are useful if you want to compare your data geographically. There is a geographical database embedded in Web Intelligence and a matching algorithm to automatically match values of dimensions, merged objects or dimension variables with a location. When you match values with specific locations, you geo-qualify the values and their parent object so they can be rendered on a map. The geo-qualification can be done using either the name of a location, or its latitude and longitude coordinates.

The database contains location names in multiple languages, called exonyms. When you geo-qualify an object, Web Intelligence selects the exonym according to your preferred viewing locale (PVL). If you decide later on to modify your PVL, you will need to geo-qualify the object again so that the new PVL is taken into account.

Using geo dimensions

Geomaps rely on a geographical database to render your data.

Before you start using geomaps in you reports, you need to set up your data and go through the geo-qualification process so that the values can be bound to the geographical database. Geo-qualifying your data means that you match each value of an object with a specific location. Geomaps then use these locations to render your data on a map. The geo-qualification can be done using either the name of a location, or its latitude and longitude coordinates.

Geo-qualifying an object using a location's name

Web Intelligence uses an algorithm to match each value of the object with a geographic location. The search engine uses fuzzy logic to create three categories of values and automatically match them with locations:

You may select a different location in the drop-down list from the one selected by the automatic matching mechanism.

Geo-qualifying an object using a location's latitude and longitude coordinates

Latitude and longitude coordinates are two objects that must be available as dimensions, dimensions' attributes or variables. They can be any object that can be added to a dimension as a detail, and do not necessarily have to be the same type of object. You can have latitude coordinates as a dimension and longitude coordinates as a variable, for instance. However, make sure they both have Number as data type.

Table to Chart Conversion

You can change a table into a chart.

You can also change from one table type to another or change from one chart type to another.

In Design mode, select the table to convert. In the Feeding tab, in the Turn Into section, select the new table or chart type.

Design Web Intelligence Reports: Charts

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