New : Relational Data Visualization

In BIME v4 we bring you a brand new visualization for all kinds of networks, complex systems and hierarchical graphs. We built this visualization for a government that needed to analyze the complex relationships in terms of budgets and manpower of its various ministries and entities. It's especially good for revealing the underlying structures of associations, between objects and for Social Network Analysis. There are a lot of customization options built in that can open up a realm of creative usage. The video below takes you through a very basic demo of the new visualization.

How it works

This chart should be used to analyze the relationship between a network of objects. These objects could be people (social networks), websites, physical objects etc. In terms of terminology, an object is called a node and the relationship between 2 objects is called a link (or an edge). You need a minimum of 2 attributes in a column and at least one metric to create a relationship query. So let's work through a simple example:

1. Below is our example dataset containing basic HR data. Make a connection to the data in BIME and load the dataset to the pivot table.

2. Drag-&-drop the various 'levels' in your network onto the column axis in the order they link together, so in our example this is "company">"department">"staff". Drag in a measure. In many examples the base measure will simply be a 'dynamic count' of the attributes. Select "relational" from the drop-down list of visualizations.

3. With the basic network in place you can now customize your visualization to make it look the way you want it to. You can firstly do this by dragging any of the nodes around the page. There are also many options in the drop-down customize triangle above the visualization, some of the key options are:

  • layout: completely changes the basic layout of your visualization (hierarchical, circular, concentric, flower).
  • node renderer: change the design of the nodes (rectangle, circle, glossy rectangle, glossy circle, dynamic shape, dynamic colour).
  • link renderer: change the design of the links (orthogonal, simple, center weighted circular, circular, directed arrow, directed arrow scaling, directed balloon).
  • autofit: untick and tick this option to automatically resize your visualization to best fit the space.
  • edit displayed value style: to change the font size or color of the value text and move it inside or outside the node
  • node style: change the colour and size of the nodes
  • link style: change the colour and size of the links

At this stage as with all visualization you have the option to add extra measures to be displayed through size and color, just drag-and-drop the measures onto the relevant box in the bottom left corner.

4. Save your visualization to a dashboard and share it with the world.

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