Analyzing data in a Map widget

You can display your data as locations on a map using the Map widget. An example of a Map widget is shown in the image below, with data displayed using colored image markers in the widget.

Example of a Map widget for ESRI

Depending on how the widget was designed, a Map widget can display locations on the map as follows:

Bubble markers, which are shown as orange bubbles in the example below this list. The size of the bubbles can be determined by a metric. In the example below, the bubbles are sized according to the Profit metric.
Image markers, which are shown as blue and white markers in the example below this list. The document designer selects the type of image marker.
A density map, which automatically colors the map based on metric values or the concentration of locations of interest on the map. In the example below this list, locations of interest are represented by blue areas.
Map areas, representing countries, states, and so on. The document designer can color-code areas based on the value of a metric.
A map path, which consists of locations on the map that are connected by a line. The line extending outward from each location on the map is displayed as thicker for larger metric values, and thinner for smaller metric values.

Map widget displaying density map, bubble markers, and image markers

If the Map widget contains multiple sets of map markers (called layers), you can choose which map markers to analyze by displaying or hiding each layer. For example, in the image above, the map contains three different layers of data, each displayed using a different type of map marker. You can choose to display only the bubble markers, both bubble markers and the density map, bubble markers and image markers, and so on.

You can analyze data in a Map widget as follows:

If the Select icon Select icon is displayed in the widget, or if the map toolbar icons are displayed as shown in the image below, you can analyze data in the widget by viewing different sets of map markers, changing the display theme of the widget, and so on. For steps, see Analyzing a Map widget that can support multiple sets of map markers.

Example of an icon toolbar displayed on a map
If the map toolbar icons are displayed as shown in the image below, you can analyze data in the widget by changing the metric used to display data in the map, drill on data, and so on. For steps, see Analyzing a Map widget.
Example of the Map widget toolbar

Analyzing a Map widget

If the map toolbar icons are displayed as shown in the image below, you can analyze data in the Map widget by changing the metric used to display data in the map, drill on data, and so on. An example of a Map widget is shown in the image below, with data displayed using colored bubble markers in the widget.

Example of the Map widget toolbar

Example of a Map widget with colored bubble markers

The table below contains a list of actions you can perform to analyze the data in a Map widget, and steps to perform them.

Action

Steps to Perform

Zoom in or out of the map display

1 Click the thumb on the slider located on the left side of the map, then do one of the following:
To zoom in on the map, drag the thumb towards the + side of the slider.
To zoom out on the map, drag the thumb towards the - side of the slider.

Pan the map display to see a different region of the map

  1. Click on the map, then drag it in the direction you want to pan the map display.

Change the metric used to display data in the map

1 From the drop-down list at the top of the map Example of the metric drop-down list, select the metric to use to display data.  

For example, the designer of the widget has chosen to format the color of map markers based on the value of the Profit metric. If you select the Profit metric, green map markers are displayed for larger profit values and red map markers are displayed for smaller profit values.

Select locations one at a time

If the widget has been designed to be used as a selector, you can automatically filter data displayed in grids, other widgets, panel stacks, and so on by selecting items in the map.

1 From the widget's toolbar, click the Mouse Click Selection icon Mouse Click Selection icon.
2 Click a location to select it. You can select multiple locations by pressing CTRL and clicking additional locations.
 

Select locations within a rectangular region

If the widget has been designed to be used as a selector, you can automatically filter data displayed in grids, other widgets, panel stacks, and so on by selecting items in the map.

1 From the widget's toolbar, click the Rectangular Area Selection icon Rectangular Area Selection icon.
2 Click and drag on the map to enclose a set of locations within a rectangle shape. All the locations fully or partially inside the rectangle are selected.

Drill on data in the map

This option is available if the Map widget has been designed to allow drilling.

1 Select locations in the widget by doing one of the following:
To select locations one at a time, from the widget's toolbar, click the Mouse Click Selectionicon Mouse Click Selection icon. Click a location to select it. You can select multiple locations by pressing CTRL and clicking additional locations.
To select the locations within a rectangular region, from the widget's toolbar, click the Rectangular Area Selection icon Rectangular Area Selection icon. Click and drag on the map to enclose a set of locations within a rectangle. All the locations within the rectangle are selected.
2 From the widget's toolbar, click the Drill icon. The map is updated and displayed.

Display additional information for a location in the widget

1 From the widget's toolbar, click the View Information Window icon View Information Window icon. When you click a location in the widget, an Information Window is displayed, containing detailed information about the location.

If left and right arrows are displayed at the top of the Information Window, you can click the arrows to view information for nearby locations.

Display lines that show relationships between locations on the map

This option is available if the designer has added affinity lines.

1 From the widget's toolbar, click the Affinity icon Affinity icon, then click a map marker on the map to display lines representing the relationships between the selected marker and other locations on the map. Thicker lines represent stronger relationships.

Analyzing a Map widget that can support multiple sets of map markers

The table below contains a list of actions you can perform to analyze the data in the Map widget, and steps to perform them.

Prerequisite

If the map toolbar is not displayed as shown in the image below, click the Select icon Select icon in the widget to display it.

Example of an icon toolbar displayed on a map

Action

Steps to Perform

Zoom in or out of the map display

1 Click the thumb on the slider located on the left side of the map, then do one of the following:
To zoom in on the map, drag the thumb towards the + side of the slider.
To zoom out on the map, drag the thumb towards the - side of the slider.

Pan the map display to see a different region of the map

1 Click on the map, then drag it in the direction you want to pan the map display.

Switch between different display themes to view the map, such as Map and Satellite

  1. From the drop-down list at the top of the map, select the display theme, such as Terrain or Satellite.

View additional information about a specific map marker

1 Click the marker on the map. Additional information about the location is automatically displayed in a pop-up Information Window.

If left and right arrows are displayed at the top of the Information Window, you can click the arrows to view information for nearby map markers.

Display or hide layers of map markers

This option is available if the document designer has added multiple layers of markers to the map.

1 From the widget's toolbar, click the Multiple grids icon Multiple grids icon. A list of the widget's layers is displayed. Do one of the following:
To display a layer, select its check box.
To hide a layer, clear its check box.

Determine the metric to use to display map markers in a layer

Depending on how the widget was designed, the value of this metric is used to size and color bubble markers, color image markers, color areas on a density map, or determine the thickness of map path lines.

1 From the widget's toolbar, click the Multiple grids icon Multiple grids icon. A list of the widget's layers is displayed.
2 Under the name of the layer, select the metric to use to display data. In the example shown below, the markers in the Bubble Markers layer are displayed based on the Count Carriers metric, but you can change it to the Profit metric.

        Bubble markers layer, showing Count Carriers and Profit metrics

Select map markers one at a time

If the widget has been designed to be used as a selector, you can automatically filter data displayed in grids, other widgets, panel stacks, and so on by selecting items in the map.

1 From the widget's toolbar, click the Multiple Marker Selection Tool icon Multiple Marker Selection Tool icon.
2 Click each map marker that you want to select. When finished, click Done to select the map markers.
 

Select map markers within a rectangular region

If the widget has been designed to be used as a selector, you can automatically filter data displayed in grids, other widgets, panel stacks, and so on by selecting items in the map.

1 From the widget's toolbar, click the Rectangular Selection Tool icon Rectangular Selection Tool icon.
2 Click and drag on the map to enclose a set of map markers within a rectangle shape. All the map markers fully or partially inside the rectangle are selected.

Clear all map marker selections

1 From the widget's toolbar, click the Remove Selections icon Remove Selections icon. Click OK. All selections in the map are cleared.

Display lines that show relationships between locations on the map

This option is available if the designer has added affinity lines.

1 From the widget's toolbar, click the Filter Affinity Lines/Arcs icon Filter Affinity Lines/Arcs icon, then click a map marker on the map to display lines representing the relationships between the selected marker and other locations on the map. Thicker lines represent stronger relationships.

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