Small Multiples

Small Multiples provide data visualization of multiple small, interrelated graphs together in one single display. They share the same axes and scales which allows the user to compare trends across dimensions in a single view.
This property is added to the following charts:
Bar, Column, Area, Line, Bubble, Bullet, KPI Ring, Stacked Bar, Stacked Column, Slope, Pie, Simple KPI, Waterfall, Tornado, Dumbbell, and Sparkline.

Enabling small multiples

In dossiers, drag and drop an attribute into small multiples dropzone. See the screenshot.

In documents, to enable small multiples there should be at least one attribute in the chart.
Open the property editor and go to the small multiples tab. Now enable the ‘enable small multiples’ checkbox. Then small multiples will be enabled with the first attribute in the chart/grid. See the screenshot.

When small multiples are enabled for a chart, then play animation and drilling cannot be enabled.

Number of columns

By default, the number of columns is set to ‘auto’ and in most of the charts, this will be ‘2’. You can change the number of columns to any number based on the requirement. See the screenshot.

Category axis labels

By default, the category axis labels are shown for all small multiples in the first/left column. That means if the number of columns for the chart is ‘2’, then category axis labels for small multiples in the second column will not be shown.
To enable the category axis labels for all columns, just enable the ‘show all category labels’ checkbox. This option will be helpful if every multiple has different categories of data. See the screenshot.

Shared value axis

By default, all multiples in each column are shared with a common value axis displayed at the bottom of the chart. This is because, ‘shared value axis’ checkbox is enabled. See the screenshot.

And if we need value axis for every small multiple, then just disable ‘shared value axis’ checkbox. This option not only displays the axes for all multiples but also scales them independently which makes the data to analyze better. See the screenshot. SMValueAxis2


From 4.3 version, a new feature called ‘Check across all charts’ is added to ‘top’, ‘bottom’, ‘top percentage’, ‘bottom percentage’ thresholds. These feature helps to calculate the thresholds across all multiples.

For example, if there are four small multiples ‘books’, ‘electronics’, ‘movies’, ‘music’ in the chart with a metric ‘Revenue’. Now we will apply ‘top 1’ threshold with green color for revenue metric. Then top 1 revenue in every multiple gets applied with the threshold. See the screenshot.

But if we need the threshold to be applied to only one small multiple which has the highest revenue among all small multiples in the chart, then we need to enable ‘Check across all charts’ checkbox while applying the threshold. See the screenshot.