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60 sports in six charts



On twitter I follow many charting and visualization related accounts. One of them is @Andy Kriebel, who runs Makeover Monday. The idea is simple. Every Monday they publish a data-set and ask the community to visualize. Last Monday (7th May, 2018), they have published about toughest sport by skill data. This categorizes 60 sports by 10 skill categories to find out which sport is the toughest. Over the weekend, Andy posted a summary of all toughest sport viz entries. Many of the entries are made in Tableau. I thought it would be a fun challenge to re-create some of these charts in Excel. The result is this post. 60 sports in 6 charts. Check out the charts and download workbook to learn more.

First four charts are re-creations of Tableau designs. Last two are mine.

Chart 1: Scatter plot with random dots

Design by Andreas Szesztai (@)

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Chart 1: Scatter plot with random dots

Chart 2: Scatter plot with skill comparison

Design by Mark Bradbourne (@)

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Chart 2: Scatter plot with skill comparison - top half
Chart 2: Scatter plot with skill comparison - bottom

Chart 3: Bar code graph

Design by Lilian Hoang (@)

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Chart 3: Bar code graph

Chart 4: Scatter plot with random dots

Design by Nils Macher (@)

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Chart 4: Scatter plot with random dots

Chart 5: Table with conditional formatting

Design by Chandoo (@)

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Chart 5: Table with conditional formatting

Chart 6: Which sports are similar to your sport?

Design by Chandoo (@)

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Chart 6- Which sports are similar to your sport?

Download sixty sports in 6 charts workbook

Click here to download the workbook. It is beautifully presented and contains heaps of detail. I made liberal use of VLOOKUP, INDEX and occasional SUMPRODUCT along with one odd Power Query to reshape the data. Have a play with the charts. Check out the formulas and named ranges. Original data is in “Data” tab. Try making your own charts.

If you want to learn how to create such charts…

If you like these charts and want to learn how to create them, then consider joining in my online video class 50 ways to analyze data. I am adding 60 sports in 6 charts as new case study the class. You can learn how to go from raw data to beautiful charts like this in the class. Click here to know more & sign-up.

What is your favorite chart?

I like Chart #1 & 4. Of course, I had loads of fun building Chart #6 too. All in all it was a great exercise to recreate these charts in Excel and see what is possible.

What about you? What is your favorite chart? How would you visualize it? Share your thoughts (or charts) in the comments section.


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11 Responses to “60 sports in six charts”

  1. KT says:

    Simply beautiful. Meaningful use of creativity. Relativity presented in a compelling way. Congratulations to all those who put in their thoughts and efforts.

  2. Siva says:

    I would say Fantastic. My Choice is 4

  3. Janet Lake says:

    I like chart 6 the best.

  4. ED says:

    Awesome work, Chandoo! Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

    Have you noticed how, in scatter plot charts, the markers nearest the axis are cut off when you change the transparency (of the fill or the border) to anything above zero?

    For example, in Chart 2 the Strength attribute is nearest the x-axis and the grey markers have all been partially cut off/obscured. If you reduce the colour transparency to 0% then the whole marker is visible again.

    Do you or any of your subscribers have a workaround for this apparent bug?

    • Chandoo says:

      @ED.. Thanks for the lovely comments 🙂

      I am unable to reproduce this. What version of Excel are you using? If a dot disappears, it could mean the dot went below axis min. Enable vertical axis and test it.

      • ED says:


        I'm on Excel O365 (Version 1804, Build 9226.2114).

        It seems this may just be a version issue. My laptop recently performed a Windows 10 and O365 update.

        I've checked on another PC that has not yet updated (but still uses O365) and everything appears as it should.

        Time to uninstall updates! ?

  5. Abhishek tiwari says:

    It's a good for learning

  6. Bryan says:

    While 1-4 are very pretty and Twitter-ready, 5-6 are the only ones that provide easy analysis and useful information.

  7. Ann Landry says:

    I love the charts, but .... they left out MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) that would have beat out boxing and the "toughest")

  8. Mansij Swarnkar says:

    Hi Chandoo, Namaskar !

    I am following you on your YouTube from a good time from now.
    In my current profile, we are working on process improvement operations, more specific to the server performance monitoring & improvements in terms as how to lower town the ticket volume etc.

    just wondering, if you have any dashboard demonstrated anywhere in past where we can showcase mtm improvements as per the input taken or various parameters, please do let me know -it would be a great help to me.

    thank you, and best regards - Mansij Swarnkar

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