Happy new year everyone, I hope you have all had some time off and enjoyed the festive period. I wish I could switch off and during this time I was looking at different types of visualisations and came across a Packed Circle (singular) chart and thought I would kick start the year with this a tutorial on how to create these in Tableau.

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.

## Data

Load the following data into Tableau Desktop / Public.

 Circle Path Value United States 0 800 United States 360 800 India 0 550 India 360 550 France 0 400 France 360 400 United Kingdom 0 300 United Kingdome 360 300

Note: we need two records for each stage as we are going to be drawing polygons and using densification to get more points on our canvas.

## Calculated Fields

With our data set loaded into Tableau, we are going to create the following Calculated Fields and Bins:

Path (Bins)

• Right click on Path, go to Create and select Bins…
• In the Edit Bins dialogue window:
• Set New field name to Path (bin).
• Set Size of bins to 1.
• Click Ok.

Index

``INDEX()-1``

TC_Value

``WINDOW_MAX(MAX([Value]))``

X

``SIN([Index]*PI()/180)*[TC_Value]``

Y

``COS([Index]*PI()/180)*([TC_Value])+([TC_Value])``

Now that we have our Calculated Fields ready, let us build our Tableau Worksheet.

## Worksheet

We will now build our worksheet:

• Changing the Mark Type to Polygon.
• Drag Circle to Color.
• Right-click on the object and select Sort.
• In Sort by choose Field.
• In Field Name choose Value.
• Drag Path (Bins) to Columns.
• Right-click on the object and ensure that Show Missing Values is checked.
• Once Show Missing Values is checked, drag this object onto the Path Mark.
• Drag X onto Columns.
• Right-click on the Object, go to Compute Using and select Path (bins).
• Drag Y onto Rows.
• Right-click on the Object, go to Compute Using and select Path (bins).

You should see something like the following:

We will now adjust the look and feel for the visualisation by:

• Adding a dual axis by duplicating the X, however changing this to a Line Type.
• Removing grid and zero lines.

You want to end up with something like the following:

and boom, we are done, what a nice way to kick off the new year huh. When I use this visualisation type, it is normally much smaller and used to drive the rest of the dashboard.

You can see and interact with my visualisation on Tableau Public at https://public.tableau.com/profile/toan.hoang#!/vizhome/PackedCircle_0/PackedCircle