Customizing Your Visualizations In Bime [BIME TIP]

So you've created the visualization you want. But what can you do to it to make it even more comprehensible? Bime offers several options to make your charts more visually appealing and clear. Right-clicking on the field of your visualization brings up a menu of options to help you to add extra elements to it.

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Add comment - this is available on every visualization, allowing you to add text to the display, maybe further explaining a point, or to add additional information.

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Edit colors - this is available wherever colors are used! Re-order the given colors or choose your own by clicking on the color square and selecting from the range shown.

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Show value - on line, bar, column, area and pie charts, you have the option to show your results purely visually, or with labels for values attached, to save hovering over each point to get the individual value.

Show zoomchart - on line, bar, column and area charts, you have the option to 'zoom in' on a particular area of the results.

Clustered > stacked - on column and bar charts, where several attributes are shown, you have the option to show these separately (clustered) or as a single result (stacked). Just click on this to change from one visualization to the other, as shown below.

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Segment > Curve - on line and area charts, you can opt for straight lines between data points (segment) or for the display to 'round off' into a curve.

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Linear axis > log axis - on line and area charts, you have the option to change the usual linear axis to a log axis, which allows you to display two ranges of data far apart in numeric terms as close physically, so both can be examined on the same graphic. This is not meant for use when you need to compare the two ranges against each other, rather to see variations or trends in related but separate data. In the examples below showing cost components, the chart on the left uses a linear axis, and you can barely see the smaller value; the chart on the right uses the log axis, and in this both cost components can be seen easily, enabling one to see that the lower value has stayed very stable over time, while it is the higher that is subject to fluctuations. Thus, the values themselves represented by each color are not compared, but the trends represented can be.

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No base at zero - in area and line charts, it is possible to alter the y-axis to start somewhere other than at zero. If chosen, the chart will automatically resize to start just below the lowest value, thus making variations more pronounced and enabling a more detailed look at a number of datasets that are all numerically close together. Note that this option can only apply if all values on the display are positive, and is not available if you have switched to a log axis view.

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Standard > explode - an option for pie charts, which changes the traditional view to show white space between the segments.

Callout > inside with callout - a further option for pie charts when you have chosen to 'show value', so these are placed either outside or inside the pie.

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A 'standard' pie with values as 'callouts'

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An 'exploded' pie with values shown 'inside'

Transparency 100 / 80 / 50 - on area and bubble charts, where different data ranges may overlap, you can alter the transparency of the display so that you can 'see through' to each range. The current setting for strength of color will be shown on the menu in square brackets, i.e. [100] - transparency is increased by reducing the strength of color. In the following examples of an area chart, you can see how two previous hidden data ranges emerge as transparency is increased.

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The final option available is on heatmaps, where right-clicking allows you to hide the control menu.

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