Creating a Network visualization

Once you create a dashboard, you can add a Network visualization to the dashboard to quickly and easily identify relationships between related items and clusters, such as when visualizing a social network or displaying a market basket analysis. Attribute elements are displayed as nodes in the visualization, with lines (called edges) drawn between the nodes to represent relationships between elements. Once the visualization is created, users can view characteristics of the nodes and the relationships between them, using display options such as node size, edge thickness, and edge color. For example, if a node is displayed for each store in a country, users can display a connection between two nodes using a thicker line if the two stores share a large number of customers.

Example of a Network visualization

Prerequisites

You must have the Web Edit Dashboard and Web Run Dashboard privileges.
You must have already created the dashboard to add the visualization to. For steps, see Creating a dashboard.

To create and add a Network visualization to a dashboard

1 Click the name of the dashboard to run it.
2 From the toolbar, click the Insert Visualization icon Insert Visualization icon. A new blank visualization is added to the dashboard and displayed.
3 From the Visualization Gallery, click the Network icon.
4 If the Datasets panel is not displayed, from the View menu, select Datasets Panel.
5 From the Datasets panel, click and drag attributes to the appropriate area in the Network panel, as follows:

Edges will be drawn from attribute elements that belong to the From Item area to related attribute elements that belong to the To Item area. Attribute elements will be considered related to each other if they are included in the same data row when the data in the visualization is displayed as a grid.

Drag an attribute to the From Item area. Each element of this attribute will be displayed as a node in the visualization.
Drag an attribute to the To Item area. Each element of this attribute will be displayed as a node in the visualization.
To select the metric that determines the thickness of each edge, drag the metric to the Edge Size area. Edges for larger metric values are displayed as thicker than edges for small metric values.
To select the metric to use to color edges, drag the metric to the Edge Color area. Each edge in the visualization is automatically colored based on the value of this metric.
To select the metric that determines the size of each node, drag a metric to the Item Size area. Nodes for larger metric values are displayed as larger than nodes for small metric values.

You can also drag objects from the Datasets panel directly onto the visualization.

6 For each attribute in the Editor panel, you can select which attribute forms are displayed in the visualization. An attribute form is a descriptive category for an attribute. For a more detailed description, including how to select what attribute information to display in the headers, see Selecting which attribute forms to display in a visualization.

To select the attribute forms, in the Editor panel, right-click the attribute and point to Display Attribute Form. Select one of the following:

To display an attribute form in the visualization, select the check box next to its name.
To hide an attribute form in the visualization, clear the check box next to its name.
7 Click the Save icon Save icon to save your changes.

Related topics

Formatting visualizations
Dashboard Editor: Network: Properties