Charts and Maps
Creating charts & maps
Once the data is uploaded, you can create a chart, both from your own repositories or from public repositories that you are following. There are many options such as:
- Lines & bars
- Stacked area
- Time scatter
- Discrete bars
- Slope charts
- Map charts
And more. In Alphacast, you can create charts and share them.
Creating a chart
There are different ways to create a chart:
- There is a blue button on the upper right of the site called Create new. When you click on it, you can select the new chart option.
- Also, you can create a chart from any repository (your own, from your team or the ones that you are following). Click on the repository you want to select on the left. From the repository's page click on the New chart button that is on the upper right side.
It automatically leads you to the chart editor. Here, you can select the type of graph you want to use. Clicking on Add variables will display a list with the repositories that you own, the ones that you are part of and those you follow. If you select one of these, it will lead you to a list of variables grouped by datasets. , for example, ''EMAE ''. You can also look up for the name of a specific variable in the search option and once selected click "set variables". It is also possible to combine variables from different repositories, both your own and from other users or publishers.
You can also create a chart from dataset view, as it is explained here.
Customize the chart
On the left side of the chart, there are different options to edit it. In the Basic tab, you can find:
- A dropdown to select a chart type, you can change graphic style at any time
- At the bottom, in "Add Variables " is the Y-axis variable list, where you can make changes for each variable.
- If you select a variable and click the arrow to the left, you have the option of making different changes such as change the name, unit of measurement, number of decimals places, line width, unit conversion factor, smoothing factor, offset date, offset value, tolerance and more.
Now, you are able to use the already made up settings as default for future charts. You can also remove variables by selecting the cross at the right side of the variable.
In the "Data" tab you can choose whether users can or cannot change data. In "data to show" by selecting the brush to the left of each variable you can change the line color.
In "Text" tab you can modify header, footer, and more
- The title of the chart describes, by default, the period it covers. To remove it, select the option "Hide automatic" time/entity/p/alphacast/examples.
- Also, you can add a subtitle with additional information to interpret the graph.
- If you want you are able to add a footer note, with any important clarification to avoid miscommunication.
- You can also change the font family, the color of the font, header and subheader.
The "Customize" tab allows you to:
- Configure the axes (both right and left)
- Change the legibility of the legend
- Modify the time frame.
If you want you can also change the axis appearance by modifying the width, hiding the borders or the gridlines.
Additionally, you can set the color scheme of your chart, either for the default colors or for the costume pallets previously set. Sometimes it is useful to have the option of hiding the legend or modifying the place of the title. You can find these options below in legend.
Also, it may be practical to have and hide the relative change, stacking or cumulative sum on the chart. These options can be added in controls.
In the ''Annotations'' tab you can add observations such as lines, circles, crosses, boxes and you can also draw with the pencil. You are able to choose the position, write comments on the label and edit the color, width and mark of the note.
Finally, to publish the chart, go to the Publish tab, select the repository and click on Publish, the red botton. If the chart is already published and you want to make some changes, you will need to update the chart, by pressing the same button.