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Tableau 10.0 Best Practices by Jenny Zhang

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Jitter chart

Jittering is a very good technique used to separate data points that are overlapping each other in the view. Let's look at an example of creating a jitter chart. You have a data set of salaries from many people as shown next, and you want to let the user input their own salaries and compare with the salaries of others:

Jitter chart

If we create a scatterplot as shown in the following figure, it is very hard to tell where you are since there are so many dots in one column:

Jitter chart

A solution is to jitter the dots and spread them in both directions, as follows: ...

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