5 Replies Latest reply on Oct 31, 2013 11:54 PM by Ville Tyrväinen

Animated (Time Series) Polygon Maps - Are they possible?

Hey guys,

At the Tableau Sydney User Group Meeting yesterday, one of the presentations demonstrated animated charts. I had a go myself and am now asking more questions:

Is it possible to do an animated Polygon map?

A few months ago I created a Sydney map broken down by postal areas using these two techniques

At the moment I have overlayed a metric (registrations) but it would be cool to see how the registrations have been growing over time, by postcode.

Tableau struggles to deal with the static view so I think we can safely assume that repeating the data for each time period would never work.

Are there any other ways to do this? If there was a calculation for the metric, where it took the maximum of registrations per postcode, given a time period, and then applied that to the postcode... (EDIT: just realised there is no time-series data in the existing polygon/gps data so don't think this would work)... just some thoughts

What do you all think?

Thanks

Lucas

• 1. Re: Animated (Time Series) Polygon Maps - Are they possible?

You don't need a time series per se to do 'animation'; you just need a series of some sort. Post a packaged workbook and I'm sure someone will play around with it.

--Shawn

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• 2. Re: Animated (Time Series) Polygon Maps - Are they possible?

Hey Shawn. I get what you're saying. I can't imagine any other series being meaningful in this scenario.

It's a period of 15 months. The measure is registrations. The dimension is area (postcode). My idea was to see a heatmap of cumulative registrations over time. So as a postcode gained more registrations, it became a darker colour.

It feels like it should be possible Se how we go..

Cheers,
Lucas

• 3. Re: Animated (Time Series) Polygon Maps - Are they possible?

It is.

• 4. Re: Animated (Time Series) Polygon Maps - Are they possible?

How would it be done with polygon data? My .csv file of points is over 1 million rows so would it need to be repeated for each postcode and month? That would be like 1bn rows or something haha.

Any further insights Ville?

• 5. Re: Animated (Time Series) Polygon Maps - Are they possible?

Every polygon has own id so you can blend your secondary data with those ids. Just put measure value into color shelf and time into pages shelf. Although it might not be wise to visualize hole country in postcode level at the same time.