Packed Bubble Chart

Packed Bubble charts will display data in a cluster of circles. Attributes define the individual bubbles, and values define the size of the individual circles. Click on any bubble by holding the Shift button, that particular bubble will zoom in to show detailed information.


Metrics: 1 metrics Attributes: 1 attribute. Use as Filter Option - Available

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UnGroup Bubble

We can enable/disable the ‘UnGroup’ option. Below is the screenshot where we enabled ‘Un Group’ option.

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packedbubble inputs


In the business point of view, certain part of the chart needs to be highlighted to draw more attention from the desicion makers. For example, highlight the stores where total sales is greater than a specific value or highlight the top 10 products whose sales is high during last year’s winter. Thresholds are very useful objects in these use cases.

Thresholds will display some conditional formatting in a chart to highlight certain data points depending on predefined criteria.The criteria are attribute or metric qualifications. If a qualification’s expression evaluates to TRUE, the report displays the threshold. We can also include markers in thresholds.

To apply thresholds in vitara charts, hover the cursor on the chart. Vitara chart will display an ‘Edit’ button. When you click on this ‘Edit’ button the properties window will pop out. Select the thresholds tab to open threshold editor. In the window you can add a new threshold or delete any existing threshold or modify the existing threshold.

Note: From 4.6 version we can apply thresholds using attributes. The source drop down box in the threshold editor window will list all the attributes and metrics in the chart. we can select an attribute as source and define a threshold condition. By default packed bubble creates a threshold (Gradient threshold) and plot colors based on this threshold values. Below is the screenshot of threshold editor of packed bubble chart. Threshold editor shows the default threshold applied on the chart. We can edit this threshold or delete this threshold and create a new one by clicking on the ‘Add’ button.

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packedbubble threshold condition

After giving all the inputs click on ‘Apply’ button.

Background Image

The steps to set a background image for all Vitara charts are explained in backgroundImage.

Bubble Type

From version 5.1.1 onward, the packed bubble tab now allows users to switch the bubble’s form from a circle to a hexagonal.



Bubble Size

Starting from version 5.1.1, we can now choose to manage the bubble’s size using either metric or fixed values.

  • Metric Value When the bubble size is set to a metric value, the bubble size adjusts from smaller to larger in accordance with the value.

  • Fixed Value Similarly, when the bubble size is set to fixed, all bubbles, inspite of their values, are adjusted to standard size.