Shelves and Fields

Published on November 30, 2015

In this post, I’ll sketch out on which fields can you place on a particular shelf and how does it change the visual.

Worksheets in Arcadia have shelves on the main screen, and fields on the left navigation bar. By dragging fields and placing them on shelves, you create rows and columns of a visual, include or exclude data from the visual, define colors and filters, and so on.

The types of fields you can add to an particular shelf types depend on the visual you choose, and can vary widely. For instance, a Scatter Plot Chart supports the shelves X-axis, Y-axis, Size, Transition, Tooltips, and Filters, while a Packed Bubbles Chart shows the shelves Dimensions, Measures and Filters. Since that can be hard to remember, there’s context-sensitive help built in. What’s more, how you arrange the fields can change your visualization, and the context-sensitive shows you how.

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If you select Packed Bubbles Chart from Visuals, the main screen shows the shelves Dimensions, Measuresand Filters.To learn about what fields you can place on a particular shelf and how it may change the visual, simply hover the mouse or pointer over the shelf, and a pop-up bubble displays the information about the shelf.

  1. Hover the mouse or pointer over the Dimensions and a pop-up bubble Dimensions Shelf appears, displaying information about the Dimensions shelf.
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     If you select a Scatter Plot Chart from Visuals, the main screen displays the shelves X, Y, Color, Size, Transition, Tooltip and Filters.
  2. Hover the mouse or pointer over X, and a pop-up bubble X Shelf appears. 
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  3. Similarly, hover the mouse or pointer over Transition, and a pop-up bubble shows information about the Transition shelf. 
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The pop-up bubbles show what types of fields you can place on a particular shelf, and how many fields can be used there. You can experiment with field placement to find the optimal way to visualize your data.