Tableau is the most popular interactive data visualization tool, nowadays. It provides a wide variety of charts to explore your data easily and effectively. This series of guides - Tableau Playbook - will introduce all kinds of common charts in Tableau. And this guide will focus on the Donut Chart.
In this guide (Part 1), we will learn about the donut chart in the following steps:
Here is an interesting donut chart example from Vizzlo. This donut chart illustrates the results of the questionnaire on How should stores and business greet customers during the Christmas season. We can see this donut is decorated in a Christmas style to match the questionnaire. With the help of colored slices and well-formed labels, we can analyze the questionnaire results clearly.
A donut chart is an improved derivative of a pie chart. Like a pie chart, it used to visualize the part-to-whole relationship. What's better than a pie chart is that we can make use of the hole to display more information like percentage or totals.
Specifically, in Tableau, we can build a donut chart by using the dual axis technique to combine two pie marks. The bigger one represents the outline of the donut; the smaller one represents the hole.
The best practices for a donut chart are similar to those of a pie chart:
This dataset contains quarterly sales of smartphones by mainstream mobile operating systems from 2007 and 2017.
Since a donut chart should not contain too many slices, I merged Windows, BlackBerry, and Symbian into Others. And I have also done other data wrangling jobs. You can download my version from Github.
In this guide, we will analyze the market share of Android, iOS, and other operating systems.
In order to build a donut chart, we will use the dual axis technique to combine two pie charts.
First of all, before we build a donut chart, we need to do some preparation work for our data. We should pivot the mobile OS columns into field names and values. Even if we can use the Measure Names / Measure Values technique instead, it doesn't support sorting. This thread from Tableau suggests reshaping data. That is what we are going to do.
To build a donut chart, we will start with a pie chart:
Next, dual axis with another pie mark which represents the hole:
Here we need to use the placeholder technique, such as the MIN(1) trick. You can see more information from My Favorite Tableau Trick For Work: MIN(1).
Double click in Columns Shelf and Input
Hold down the Control key (Command key in Mac) and drag "AGG(MIN(1))" to its right side on the Columns Shelf which means making a copy. Then right-click on the second one and check Dual Axis.
Drag down the bottom x-axis to a larger size.
Right-click on the x-axis and uncheck Show Header.
Right-click on the second mark and click Clear Shelf.
Expand Size shelf and resize both the outer and inner circle to make it more like a donut.
Change the color of the second mark (hole) to white.
Add time the filter to observe data at different points in time.
Add well-formatted and informative labels to make up for the shortcomings of the donut chart.
Drag "Mobile OS" and "Sales" twice into Label of the first mark. Drag "Sales" and "QUARTER(Date)" into Label of the second mark.
Right-click on the first "SUM(Sales)" and choose Quick Table Calculation -> Percent of Total.
Format the first "SUM(Sales)" as Percentage and set Decimal places to 1.
Format the other two "SUM(Sales)" as Number (Custom) and set Display Units to Thousands (K).
Expand Label card and click the button of Text to edit the label. Edit the outer circle as:
<Mobile OS>: <% of Total SUM(Sales)> <SUM(Sales)>
Edit the inner circle as:
<SUM(Sales)> Total Sales in <QUARTER(Date)>
In the first mark, set the Font size to 10, the color to Match Mark Color, and Bold.
In the last step, let's polish this chart:
Here is the final chart:
The above pie chart illustrates the quarterly sales distribution grouped by Mobile OS. We can intuitively see whether the market share of one Mobile OS is more or less than the others. For example, In 2008, other mobile OS, such as Windows, BlackBerry, and Symbian, occupied the market more than 90%. But Android's market share rose rapidly to more than 85% in 2017.
By cooperating with informative labels, the donut chart makes up the inadequacy of inaccurate comparison. If we pursue more accurate data, we can refer to labels.
In this guide, we have learned about one of the composite charts in Tableau - the Donut Chart.
First, we started with an example of a donut chart. Then we introduced the concept and characteristics of it. In the end, we learned the process to create a standard donut chart.
In the second part, we will learn to build multiple donuts chart by practice.
You can download this example workbook Composite Charts from Tableau Public.
In conclusion, I have drawn a mind map to help you organize and review the knowledge in this guide.
I hope you enjoyed it. If you have any questions, you're welcome to contact me at [email protected]
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