Pareto Charts is a type of chart that combines both a Bar Chart and Line Chart; this chart type was named after Vilfredo Pareto who came up with the Pareto Principle which states that for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes, this is also known as the 80/20 rule. We will spend some time building out this type of visualisation in Tableau, and hopefully, have some fun while we are at it.
Note: As always never choose a data visualisation type and try to fit your data into it, instead, understand your data and choose the best visualization for your data consumers.
We will start by loading the following data into Tableau Desktop / Tableau Public:
State,Sales Wyoming,1603 Wisconsin,32115 West Virginia,1210 Washington,138641 Virginia,70637 Vermont,8929 Utah,11220 Texas,170188 Tennessee,30662 South Dakota,1316 South Carolina,8482 Rhode Island,22628 Pennsylvania,116512 Oregon,17431 Oklahoma,19683 Ohio,78258 North Dakota,920 North Carolina,55603 New York,310876 New Mexico,4784 New Jersey,35764 New Hampshire,7293 Nevada,16729 Nebraska,7465 Montana,5589 Missouri,22205 Mississippi,10771 Minnesota,29863 Michigan,76270 Massachusetts,28634 Maryland,23706 Maine,1271 Louisiana,9217 Kentucky,36592 Kansas,2914 Iowa,4580 Indiana,53555 Illinois,80166 Idaho,4382 Georgia,49096 Florida,89474 District of Columbia,2865 Delaware,27451 Connecticut,13384 Colorado,32108 California,457688 Arkansas,11678 Arizona,35282 Alabama,19511
Note: this is the Orders data from the Tableau Superstore Data Set. For those who are using Tableau Public.
We are going to create a single Calculated Field:
Percentage of States
Yep, that is all we need for this data visualisation.
Now let us create our worksheet:
- Change the Mark Type to Bar.
- Drag State onto Columns.
- Right-click on this object and select Sort.
- Set Sort By to Field.
- Set Sort Order to Descending.
- Close the sort dialogue box.
- Drag Sales onto Rows, do this twice.
- Right-click on the second Sales object in Rows, go to Quick Table Calculations and select Running Total.
You should have the following:
We would like to remove the State name from the Columns and replace this with the Percentage of States:
- Drag Percentage of States onto Columns.
- Drag State from Columns, and drop this Detail Mark on the All Marks Panel.
- Now we need to adjust our Table Calculations.
- Right-click on Percentage of Sales in Columns, go to Compute Using and select State.
- Right-click on the Sales object on the right, click on Edit Table Calculations.
- In Compute Using select Specific Dimensions
- Check State.
- At the bottom of this dialogue, check Add secondary calculation.
- Under Secondary Calculation Type select Percentage of Total.
- In the Secondary Calculation Type, set Compute Using to Specific Dimensions and check State.
- Close this dialogue box.
If all has gone according to plan, you should see the following:
We are almost there:
- Right-click on the second SUM(Sales) and select Dual Axis.
- Remove Measure Names from the Colour Marks.
- Adjust the formatting.
- Adjust the Tooltips.
You should now have the following:
and boom, we are done, you can find my version of this Pareto Chart on Tableau Public at https://public.tableau.com/profile/toan.hoang#!/vizhome/ParetoCharts_15617676835410/ParetoChart
As you can see, based on our data set, the top ~20 percentage of states account for ~70 percentage of total sales. So not quite the 80/20 rule, but close enough, especially given that this is sample data.
Extra Credit: Add Reference Lines to the X and Y axis and connect these to Parameters. After which, use Parameter Actions to control the reference lines based on your selection, if you are using Tableau Desktop / Tableau Public 2019.2 and above.
I hope you all enjoyed this article as much as I enjoyed writing it. Do let me know if you experienced any issues recreating this Visualisation, and as always, please leave a comment below or reach out to me on Twitter @Tableau_Magic.
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