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Data Planet Statistical Datasets: Manipulating the Data

Learn more about the statistical datasets and sources available in Data Planet.

Manipulating the Data

After selecting the data, you can display that data in a number of ways. By selecting one of the four icons in the central tool bar, you can show the data as trends over time, a comparative ranking, a map, or a pie chart.

a still image of the chart type options available in Data Planet (trend, map, pie chart, ranking)


Chart Options provides several alternatives for the style of the visualization, depending on whether you have selected Trend, Map, Rank, or Pie Chart. The example below shows options for Trend Views: 

a still image listing options for customizing trend charts in Data Planet (bar, line, and area charts)

The Rank By option, where available, allows you to choose the criteria for ranking, as in this example, where "personal consumption expenditures" can be ranked by state, indicator, or specific line item within the selected indicator:

a still image showing the options by which the particular dataset may be ranked.




The Show/Hide Data option allows you the choice of displaying or not displaying data values with the visualization. Another option on the tool bar is the Calculator button that allows you to create formulas based on the data values selected and define new columns for displaying the calculated new values. For example, in the infographic below, a new column has been created using the Calculator that shows the difference from prior year in the value of platinum. For more on the Calculator, see Interface Tips and Tricks #13.

a still image showing the tabular form of the data selected. Options include changing the sort order for the year and filtering the data values based on user-customized criteria



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