Area Charts

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An area chart emphasizes the amount of change over a period of time or compares multiple items. An area chart also shows the relationship of parts to a whole by displaying the total of the plotted values.

An area chart is a form of line chart, but the area between the x-axis (horizontal axis) and the line connecting the data markers is filled with color. This makes it easy to see where the points encompassed by the different data series overlap.



Dialog box items

Categorical Variable:
Variable that defines the categories shown on the chart. There is one point on the line for each value of the variable. This axis is a category axis that display categorical data.

Define Lines by (optional):
Variable (optional) that defines the lines. There is one line for each value of the variable. This option is only required for clustered bars.

Areas Represent:
Select one of the alternatives in the Areas Represent group to specify how the data are represented on the scale axis.

oCount: The value graphed represents the number of cases in each category.

oPercentage: The value graphed represents the number of cases in each category, expressed as a percentage of the total number of cases.

oOther summary function: The value graphed represents the function displayed for the selected variable. To specify a different function, click the drop-down button. The selected variable must be numeric.




You need a column of ordinal data.




Data Labels:
Use to label each data point. After creating a chart, you can change the data labels or their attributes, or add data labels (see Editing Labels).
Select one of the alternatives:

oNone: Choose to suppress data labels

oY-value Labels: Choose to label each point with its y-axis value.

Data Options

oExclude missing values: Check to excludes rows that have missing values.

oShow ToolTip: Check to display messages in a ToolTip window.




Subjects were students in grades 4-6 from three school districts in Ingham and Clinton Counties, Michigan. Chase and Dummer stratified their sample, selecting students from urban, suburban, and rural school districts with approximately 1/3 of their sample coming from each district. Students indicated whether good grades, athletic ability, or popularity was most important to them. They also ranked four factors: grades, sports, looks, and money, in order of their importance for popularity. The questionnaire also asked for gender, grade level, and other demographic information.



1.Open the DataBook summary.vstz

2.Select the sheet PopularKids

3.Choose the tab Graph, and then the group Chart, which displays a collection of gallery of items

4.Select Area and then use tool-tip to select Area Chart under label 2D Area.
All available command is displayed in the gallery of graphics

5.Select group Data

6.In Categorical Variable, select Grades.

7.Click Finish



Chart window output