3 Replies Latest reply on Jan 4, 2012 10:18 AM by Dan Cory

    Latitude/Longitude plotting issues

    john menard

      I am trying to plot the longitude/latitude coordinates in the attached Excel sheet.  I have formatted these columns to "number" as they are decimal degrees.  I have managed to change these geographic roles to latitude/longitude respectively in Tableau with Average aggregation, continuous measure.  When I use the mapping feature though it is plotting a single point which is the actual average of all of the latitude/longitude numbers (point end up in Georgia).  I have also attached the packaged workbook with formats I have changed for reference.  How can I edit the formats to plot each long/lat point?

        • 1. Re: Latitude/Longitude plotting issues
          guest contributor

          I have had this same problem in the past but I can't recall how I solved it. When I display your file, I get dots in all the various cities just as you would like. This would indicate to me a slightly different Tableau setup rather than a problem with configuring the visualization.


          The only difference I see between yours and mine is that I have lats and lons as DIMENSIONS. Just drag the Latitude (generated) and Longitude (generated) measures up to the Dimensions area. That should make tableau create an axis for each which is what you want. Good luck.

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          • 2. Re: Latitude/Longitude plotting issues
            john menard

            Awesome.  Thanks for the help.

            • 3. Re: Latitude/Longitude plotting issues
              Dan Cory

              Better ways to do this are to put a primary key on the level of detail shelf if you have one (you appear to already have Site # there) or turn off Aggregate Measures (in the Analysis menu). Either way assures that each record is treated as a separate point.


              Looking at your file, I noticed you have State on the Level of Detail shelf, but don't have its geographic role set to State (Abbreviation). Your map shows a point for Newton in Kansas instead of Massachusetts because Tableau doesn't know to use the state field to pick the right Newton.