Line Graphs are a good visualization of trends and changes over time.
Line graphs are the default visualization when a date axis is included in the across dimension.
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1. Line Graph
A line graph (line chart) is best suited for showing how different things change over time. A line graph is a visual that displays a series of data points connected by a straight line.
Line Graphs are often among the most useful because they can show the most amount of information, hence the best chance of seeing relationships in the data. If you are not sure which graph type to choose, try line graphs first.
Typically, independent values such as time intervals are plotted on the horizontal/across (x-axis) while dependent values are plotted in the vertical/down (y-axis).
Line graphs can be exported to PowerPoint as editable objects. Thus, you can get them just the way you need them once after export.
Default smart graph settings
|Legend: Vertical/down (y-axis)
2. Time slider
When creating an analysis with a time axis, the table automatically scrolls to the far right to show you your latest results 'in view'.
When choosing to visualize, the line chart also defaults to show the latest periods. The time slider is automatically available at the bottom of the chart. You can slide to reveal patterns over time.
To use the time slider, ensure that you have a time axis with a date flag in the horizontal/across (x-axis) dimension.
- You can choose to show in your chart the line and trend or only one of them.
- You can adjust the thickness for both the line and the trend.
- You can switch the line thickness settings to alternate the focus between the standard line and the trend.
- Hover over the legend and focus on the lines in the chart, dimming others.
When saving a view using a line chart and/or trend line, all settings are retained and saved to your story. You can also export to PowerPoint.
Trendlines are also available when using Multi-Axes graphs.
Where to from here?
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