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How do we plot triangles/polygons in excel

Discussion in 'Discuss Data Visualizations and Charting' started by Bhavesh Agarwal, Mar 7, 2018.

  1. Bhavesh Agarwal

    Bhavesh Agarwal New Member

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    Hi All,

    I am new to this forum, but have been a follower of excel teachings by Chandoo. Special thanks to Chandoo for putting up so much useful information online for us to learn!

    My query is --> As a comparison chart, can we plot percentages/numeric values as area of triangles or other shapes. Basically for example, there would be a small triangle with area of 10%, next would be of 35% and biggest would be a 100% area triangle...

    I have tried a lot of different ways to do it in excel, but didn't get it...
    Any help would be appreciated!

    Thanks!
    Bhavesh Agarwal
  2. Hui

    Hui Excel Ninja Staff Member

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    Can you sketch a few examples and post them here?
  3. NARAYANK991

    NARAYANK991 Excel Ninja

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    Hi Bhavesh ,

    I would advise against it.

    It is more difficult to estimate the areas of shapes than it is to estimate the heights / lengths of bars.

    A simple column / bar or even a line chart can be more informative than an area chart.

    How exactly can a user appreciate that one value is one and a half times another value , given two triangles or polygons ?

    Given two bars , one can easily estimate that one bar is one and a half times another bar.

    Narayan
  4. Hui

    Hui Excel Ninja Staff Member

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    Bhavesh,
    Firstly, Welcome to the Chandoo.org Forums

    I agree with Narayan's comments

    why:

    because of this

    upload_2018-3-7_22-58-52.png

    Those are your 3, 10%, 35% and 100% Triangles

    Do they really assist the reader to understand what is going on ?

    To see how they are made please see attached file:

    Attached Files:

  5. vletm

    vletm Excel Ninja

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  6. vletm

    vletm Excel Ninja

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    Bhavesh Agarwal
    You could test this too ...
    You can change values which has heavy borders.

    Attached Files:

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