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Charting Basics

A chart is a graphic representation of data. Except for pie charts, all charts plot data with reference to a horizontal X-axis and a vertical Y-axis. Multidimensional charts sometimes plot data on an additional Z-axis. A pie chart uses the metaphor of the pie as a whole to delineate the relative values of the parts or slices.

In , you construct a chart by dragging Request items from the Catalog Pane to one of the Outliners. At least two items must populate an Outliner to plot a usable chart. The following table lists the appropriate uses for the Outliner panes.

Outliner Pane Usage 

Axis Pane
Usage
X-Categories
Label data (non-quantifiable data values) only. For example, product listings, periodic information (for example, day, month or year).
Y-Facts
Exclusively for facts or quantifiable values.
Z-Categories
Facts or label data depending on the chart type.



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