6 Replies Latest reply on Aug 15, 2013 8:46 AM by Eric Hannell

# Visuals with nested circles

Hello.

I just started using Tableau and am loving it, but today I hit a brick wall.

I am trying to create a visual with nested circles:

I am totally stuck, is there any way to create this kind of visual in Tableau?

The data will be in this format:

 A 3 B 9 C 47 D 113

Basically D is the whole set, C is a subset of D and B is a subset of C, etc.

I want it to be quickly obvious from the visual that A is inside of B which is inside of C, etc.

Does anyone have any tips on how to achieve this?

Thanks!

• ###### 1. Re: Visuals with nested circles

Before I go too far down this road, is the image below sort of what you're looking for?

• ###### 2. Re: Visuals with nested circles

Hello Aaron,

Thank you for the quick reply. Yes, that is basically it.

Is there any way to frame it like in the sketch (so you only see a part of the circles)? I have attached another one to try to clarify what I am trying to do (I do not want to show the full circles, only what is in the square).

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Let me know if this helps

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Wow, that is exactly what I was trying to do. I marked your answer as correct. Thanks again Aaron.

I am studying the file and think I understand how you achieved this, but can you briefly explain how you got the circles to nest?

• ###### 5. Re: Visuals with nested circles

The circles need a location so I created two calcs  X  and  Y.  The calcs contain a value of 1.(This could be done with min(number of records) but I wanted the workbook to make sense.)

I put X on columns and changed agg type to min, repeat for Y on rows.

Change Mark Type to "Circle"

I put Label on color and Value on size.  This gives all the marks the same position on the viz.

Then I increased the size slider to Max.

Adjust the axes.   X  fixed   -0 to 2       Y   fixed   1 to 2.

I made up my own data structure that was the easiest to get the result.  If your data structure is different then the solution might need to be modified to fit your needs.

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• ###### 6. Re: Visuals with nested circles

Thanks Aaron, this is incredibly helpful.