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Tips on how to create a Matrix Chart in Design Studio

I created this dashboard in Xcelsius. My customer wants a Matrix chart where each of the four quadrants represent a specific set of x,y values. Xcelsius did not have a built-in Matrix Chart, so I had to do a lot of workaround to make this happen. This is simply a scatter plot chart with fixed axes (so the zero x and y values remain in the middle), and I just added an image overlay to it and made sure that the midpoint in the image is aligned with the midpoint scale of the scatter plot. The user will have an option to drill down from the drop-down menu, and the dot will move around the chart when you use the slider fiscal month slider. We recently just started to learn how to use the Design Studio since we're going to start moving away from Xcelsius. We are slowly but surely starting to replicate the dashboards we created in Xcelsius and make them in Design Studio. Quite honestly, I am very lost as to where to begin creating this Matrix Chart in Design Studio. I tried to use the scatter plot (similar to what I did in Xcelsius), but I am clueless on how to only show one plot/series instead showing all the dots. Any tips and ideas on how to do this would be greatly appreciated.
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  • Former Member
    Thank you so much. I look forward to your input on this.

    Have a great day!

  • Former Member

    I was able to figure out the workarounds in Design Studio and I was able to re-create the Boston Matrix Chart. I followed the same technique I used in Xcelsius which is to use a scatter plot, then I created a filter on start-up in the application layer to only plot one value (based on the default value I've set for the drop-down menus/selectors). So far, things are working well using this method. Thank you again for your time and help.

  • Hi Alexandra,

    Thanks for your update. My apologies for not getting back to you before. I had experienced problems trying to open your Xcelsius file in my version of Xcelsius and then got caught up in other work.

    Glad to learn you were able to sort it out in the end though.



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