Scatter Plots

Scatter plots are perfect for showing the correlation between two tags. You can use this to see if rising temperatures affect ice cream sales, or if the total median age affects fertility rate of countries.

In the embedded Silk scatter plot below, you can clearly see that countries with a high life expectancy usually have a lower fertility rate, and vice versa.

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How to create a scatter plot

As with all visualizations, scatter plots can be viewed and adjusted on the explore page. Hit the ‘explore’ tab on top of each page to see a menu with icons for each visualization. You can also use the ‘explore’ button on the top-right of an existing Silk scatter plot.

If you’re the owner of the Silk, you can click the green ‘Publish’ button to publish the visualization to your home page or another page.

You can also add a scatter plot to your Silk by editing your home page or another page, and use the ‘+’ icon anywhere you want to the scatter plot. Select ‘scatter plot’ from the ‘visualization’ menu.

Adjusting a scatter plot

The adjustment options of the scatter plot:

  • Pick the collection visualized with the ‘Collection’ picker
  • Choose which tag you want on the X-Axis and on the Y-Axis.

Click the ‘More options’ link to limit the number of dots shown with the ‘Maximum items’ picker.

Filtering your charts

Click on the ‘Add filter’ button to filter your data.

You can filter your results by text, values that occur often, ranges, and more. Either type the filters into the pre-set filter boxes or click the ‘Add filter’ button and select a new filter from the available tags.

For more information, see the help article on filtering.

Share and embed visualization

A sharing button is located above every Silk visualization, and on every explore page.

You can share the visualization on Twitter or Facebook. The share link will take people to the exact same page and visualization view that was showing when you clicked the ‘Share’ button.

You can also embed a visualization on your website or blog. Click ‘Share’ then click on the ‘Embed’ button. Copy the embed code to your clipboard. Paste the code into the editor for your website or blog.