# Can I show six variables in one chart? I've found a way to do 5, just not 6.

1. ## Can I show six variables in one chart? I've found a way to do 5, just not 6.

Hi,

Can I make a chart that shows the following for used cars, all in one chart:

Price (\$)
Age (yrs)
Mileage
Engine Size (1.2l, 1.5l, 2l)
Gears (Auto or Manual)
Fuel Type (Petrol or Diesel)

I know that I can cover 5 of these with a scatter, for example:
• Y = Price
• X = Age
• Size of marker = Engine size
• Shape of marker = Gears
• Color of marker = Fuel type

But then I am still left without mileage. Is there a way to squeeze a sixth item in there somehow?

2. ## Re: Can I show six variables in one chart? I've found a way to do 5, just not 6.

Do you need to visual encode the information? Could you not display that information in a data label.
In fact would it not be easier to display most of that info in a label

3. ## Re: Can I show six variables in one chart? I've found a way to do 5, just not 6.

Hi Andy,

I must be honest, I'm not sure what you mean... do you mean show it without it being demonstrated visually?

If so, as mileage is a measure I need to allow it to be compared. Perhaps though, it could be:

Y Axis = Price
X Axis = Mileage
Size of marker = Age
Shape of marker = Gears
Colour of marker = Engine size
and then there could be a D or P label in each for fuel type?

4. ## Re: Can I show six variables in one chart? I've found a way to do 5, just not 6.

Something like the attached.

5. ## Re: Can I show six variables in one chart? I've found a way to do 5, just not 6.

I guess kind-of, but as I understand it I can represent items through marker shape and colour also.

6. ## Re: Can I show six variables in one chart? I've found a way to do 5, just not 6.

Yes you can but I did not have time to recreate all of that complexity just to illustrate how I thought the data label could be used.

7. ## Re: Can I show six variables in one chart? I've found a way to do 5, just not 6.

Ah I see, yes thank you then

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