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Is there a better way to show this? (Stacked Column - want to show quantity and ratio)

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    Is there a better way to show this? (Stacked Column - want to show quantity and ratio)

    Hi!

    Please see the attached file. But basically I have some sample data with number of times 6 people have been early for class, on time, or late for class.

    The most important thing I want to show is the % each person has been on time and early (just one value, just the sum of on time and early divided by the total). But since there is such discrepancy between the total volumes of each person, I also want to show somehow the total quantities. So I want the viewer to be able to see essentially how often each person has been late but also get a sense of the sample size of each person.

    So using the data I have a sample chart in the attached file. It kinda shows what I want using a second series which is a line chart, but is there a better way to show this? I feel like people usually associate line charts with the passage of time which doesn't make sense here. Also since showing the % late is the most important thing, it doesn't pop out as such since it's a line on the second series. Not sure...

    Any advice?

    Thanks!
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    Re: Is there a better way to represent this data?

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    Re: Is there a better way to show this? (Stacked Column - want to show quantity and ratio)

    Does what I'm asking make sense? I thought about a pie chart with quantities, and then somehow (second series maybe) put the % in each slice that represents each person's late % but I don't know how clear that would be since it's not really showing the pie %'s it's showing something else.

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    Re: Is there a better way to show this? (Stacked Column - want to show quantity and ratio)

    Bump Any thoughts?

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    Re: Is there a better way to show this? (Stacked Column - want to show quantity and ratio)

    After another 24 hours, I would guess that no one has any better ideas. What you have seems to work pretty well. If you need a couple of alternatives:

    1) Perhaps drop the stacked column chart, keep only the line chart, and add a data label that shows the volume for each point as text.
    2) If you are worried about the "line" chart giving a sense of "time", format the line series to be markers without line.
    3) For something really different, you could use a bubble chart -- where volume is the bubble size, on time rate is the y values, and person number is the X values. A large bubble indicates those with large volume and a small bubble indicates those with low volume. The main problem with a bubble chart might be that it becomes difficult with a large bubble to know exactly what on time rate is indicated.

    IMO, what you have does a decent job of showing both on-time rate and volume -- as long as the reader can remember that the line chart on time rate goes with the secondary axis. If your target audience can handle it, I might leave it as is.
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    Re: Is there a better way to show this? (Stacked Column - want to show quantity and ratio)

    This is small enough data without any change over time.
    I probably won't use chart to visualize this data, unless there is another dimension that can show some insight into the data.


    Perhaps, Data bar/conditional format on % column to serve as KPI indicator.


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    Re: Is there a better way to show this? (Stacked Column - want to show quantity and ratio)

    Thanks everyone! Will use your suggestions as needed based on audience response. Thanks again!

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