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Stacked Area Chart
In this article, we will explain how to create and customize a Stacked area chart. So let's get started!
A stacked area chart is a graphical representation of data that uses multiple series of data points connected by straight lines and is filled in with a color or pattern, with each data series stacked on top of the previous one. Stacked area charts are similar to regular area charts, but they show the contribution of each data series to the total rather than the individual values.
Here is an example of a stacked area chart with sample data and a chart image:
In this example, a stacked area chart is used to show the trend in sales by product category over a period of time (e.g. months or years). The x-axis represents time, and the y-axis represents the total sales for each time period. The chart includes three data series: sales of electronics (represented by a solid line and filled area), sales of clothing (represented by a dashed line and filled area), and sales of home goods (represented by a dotted line and filled area).
1) The configuration shown illustrates how to map the time period on the x axis and the sales on the y axis in order to generate the line chart.
2) To customize the appearance of an area chart, follow these steps:
- 1.Click on the "Customize" tab
- 2.Go to "Series" and select the desired data series
- 3.Select the desired customization options, such as color, line type, line thickness, point shape, point size, data points, dual axes representation, and more
This allows you to tailor the appearance of the chart to your specific needs and preferences. You can customize a variety of options to create a chart that effectively communicates your data and insights.
Stacked area charts are often used to show the contribution of each data series to the total, particularly when the data is cumulative over time. They can be particularly useful for comparing the relative size of different data series and for showing how the data has changed over time. Some useful tips for creating stacked area charts include:
- Clearly label the x-axis and y-axis, including units of measurement if applicable
- Use a consistent scale for the y-axis to accurately compare data points
- Consider using a legend to label multiple data series on the same chart
- Use a clear and concise title to describe the data being displayed
- Avoid cluttering the chart with too much data or unnecessary elements
- Use a meaningful and appropriate time scale for the x-axis (e.g. days, weeks)
Infinity offers many customization options for your chart. To access these options, click on the customize tab in the chart builder screen. This will display a list of customization options.
Here is a list of notable customization options for the line chart.