Set Up a Polar Chart

Set Up a Polar Chart

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Polar charts are great for displaying the relationship between two numerical variables in a dataset. Unlike traditional charts, the X value plots the angle of the data point on the polar plane and the Y value plots the distance from the center. Polar charts require a value (numerical) x-axis and value y-axis.


Multiple y-axis series will add an additional legend entry and polar shape on the canvas. Polar scatter plots the points, but doesn’t connect them, similar to a scatter plot.

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As you’re building your chart, use the Preview button in the upper right to check your work in progress.

Chart Options (Choose X & Y Axis)


X (Value) Axis

Select Value Axis – Select the numerical variable to measure on the x-axis. The dropdown list will auto-populate with only number & date/time columns from your dataset.

Enable Data Grouping – Group data points with the same X value.

Y (Value) Axis

Series – Specify what numerical value you would like to measure on the y-axis. Add additional y-axis series to compare.

Aggregate – If you have enabled grouping on the x-axis, aggregate the y-axis data you are comparing (sum, first, min, max, average, count). By default, chart plus compares the sum of y values.

Data Label – Toggle data labels for each Y series.

Legend Title – Customize legend titles for each y-axis series.

X-Axis Configuration


Data Type Settings – Configure the number type & format. If a date, configure the axis scale.


X-Axis Labels – Toggle x-axis labels & their display angle. Configure numerical units display.

Gridlines – Customize which gridlines display along the x-axis.

Y-Axis Configuration


Data Type Settings

Data Type – Select a data type for y values (general, number, currency, date, time, percentage, scientific).

Format – Configure details on how Y values will display on the axis and labels. Date types also require you to select the date scale for the y-axis.


Y Axis Title – Toggle title display next to the y-axis and customize title text.

Y-Axis Labels – Toggle y-axis labels & their display angle. Configure numerical units display.

Gridlines & Tickmarks – Customize which gridlines and tickmarks display along the y-axis.

Y-Axis Range – Configure the minimum and maximum values visible on the y-axis. These default to “auto” and adjust to the range of your dataset. Not available for “Date” & “Time” data types.

Display Y-Axis Line – Toggle the y-axis line between the y-axis scale and the chart canvas.

Next: **Configure the Chart Display Settings**(