Line Chart

The Line Chart is a diagram which displays a series of data points that are connected by straight line segments which are used to show comparisons among categories.


To show the Line Chart in action, we will look at the counts of bicycles through Melbourne during the Super Tuesday Bike counts in 2018.

  • Select Greater Melbourne as your area.
  • Select Bicycle Network – Melbourne Super Tuesday Bike Counts (Points) 2018 as your dataset, selecting the following variables:
    • Unique Identifier
    • Site ID
    • Total Number of Cyclists for 2018


Once you have selected these, open the Line Chart parameter input window (Tools → Charts → Line Chart) and enter the parameters as listed below.

  • Dataset Input: Select the dataset that you would like to run the Line Chart on. Select Bicycle Network – Melbourne Super Tuesday Bike Counts (Points) 2018.
  • x Variable: The variable holding the data to plot on the x-axis, typically classes or categories. Select Site ID.
  • y Variable: The variable holding the data you would like to plot on the y-axis. Select Total Number of Cyclists for 2018.
  • Use Variable Titles: Uses the variable as the title for the classes. Tick this box.
  • Chart Title: The title given to your output plot. Type Bicycle counts in Melbourne in 2018.
  • Show Gridlines: This inserts gridlines into your graph. Tick this box.
  • Greyscale: Check this box if you would like your graph in greyscale. Untick this box to keep the chart in colour.

Once you have entered your parameters, click Run Tool.



Once you have run the tool, click on the Display Output button in the pop-up window that appears. The resulting line chart below will be displayed.

We can see in our chart the varying amount of counts for each site ID, which is represented by their value along the x-axis. Please note, that the value of each axis must be of numeric values when choosing your dataset to use with this tool.

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