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Stepped Area Chart
In this article, we will explain how to create and customize a stepped area chart. So let's get started!
A stepped area chart is a graphical representation of data that uses a series of data points connected by horizontal and vertical lines and is filled in with a color or pattern. Stepped area charts are similar to regular area charts, but the lines connecting the data points are angled in a staircase-like fashion rather than being straight.
Here is an example of a stepped area chart with sample data:
In this example, a stepped area chart is used to show the trend in sales 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. Each data point on the chart represents the total sales for a specific time period, and the area between the line and the x-axis is filled in to show the overall trend in sales. The lines connecting the data points are angled in a staircase-like fashion.
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.
Stepped area charts are often used to display trends and patterns in data over time, similar to regular area charts. They can be particularly useful when the data contains a lot of small fluctuations or noise, as the stepped lines can help to clarify the overall trend. Some useful tips for creating stepped 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
- 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, months, years)
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.