Hi Pad -
Tableau doesn't include a gauge chart type because many in the data visualization field feel it isn't a good way to communicate information:
That being said, I've seen someone do this in Tableau by using a background image OF a gauge and then drawing the "hand" on top of it...but this is difficult to accomplish. Maybe consider a bullet graph?
thx for the reply, it would help me a lot...
Can you please detail out the steps for the work around solution.
", I've seen someone do this in Tableau by using a background image OF a gauge and then drawing the "hand" on top of it...but this is difficult to accomplish."
This would of a great help for me
Don't do this. Gauges are evil
However, Tableau gives you the ability to draw lines along a certain path:
You can also control the width of the line that you draw.
So, if you really, really, really wanted to, you could
- Find and add an image which looks like a gauge (without the "pointer") to a report as a background image
- Draw a "thick" line from the center of the background image to the appropriate outer edge of the gauge, making it "thinner" as you go along - You are drawing your pointer, essentially.
Using the "Deliveries out of Berlin" viz from the example, you'd draw ONE line instead of 10-20, and you'd have the line be thicker towards the center and thinner on the outside, You's also show a gauge background image instead of a map.
Hope this helps! But don't do it! I also don't have an example of this, sorry.
Thank you Russell.
We are giving our best shot to make our client understand Bullet graphs are better than these gauge charts.
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Someone should tell auto makers that gauges are not a good way to communicate information. They could inadvertently be putting millions of lives at stake by placing gauges all over the dashboards of their cars.
Thanks to George Qiao for those gauge images. I wish that they didn't have to be tied to (still not dynamic) parameters to be used. Is there anyway around that? For example, I would like to show these gauges to illustrate the percent of budget (from 1-100).
Had such a good laugh over this thread...
I need Gauge chart in tableau. Suppose if I have a value say [Profit %]=33 then my chart should range between -500 to 500. That is percentage would vary between -500 to +500. Using the value 33 i need to find x and y coordinates. How do I achieve this. Basically the coordinates are identified dynamically.
Also if possible -500 and 500 extreme values can be dynamic.
I have to disagree that gauge charts are a bad way to convey information. I think that any visualization, implemented poorly, is a bad way to convey information. The blog post from 2007 referenced in your reply didn't even explain why they are a bad UI choice, it just hated on a product because the product existed.
That said, I think that gauges can be valuable, just as a pie chart can be valuable when implemented under proper constraints (i.e. don't get goofy on your dimensions adding up to anything but 1, aka 100%). I realize I'm responding to an older blog post, but I think it's inappropriate to single-handedly dismiss a valid way to show information without reason, especially when a bullet graph is just a gauge that is straightened out...
Thank you, Curtis! I greatly appreciate your reply and tying me into the other chain.