Butterfly area chart

Butterfly area chart

A butterfly area chart is used to compare two measures across a dimension, and to show trends. The two measures are plotted side by side along a horizontal axis. The areas between the horizontal axis and the plotted lines are filled with color to indicate volume.

This area chart type is best used to depict a time-based relationship. Thus, you can use it to show trends over time among related measures.

When to use

Use the butterfly area chart to compare the trend of two related data series and not their exact values. For example, you can compare gross and net sales over time.

Data requirements

To build this chart, define the data fields as follows:

  • Dimension – One dimension
  • Measures – Two measures
  • Tooltip – (Optional) One or more measures
  • Trellis – (Optional) One dimension

Use case

The following chart shows the overall trend of gross sales and planned gross sales over time, as opposed to individual data point values. The overall shape of the areas indicates that both measures are almost halved starting September, compared to the previous months.


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