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Scatter Plot

Scatter plots provide an easy way to visualize relationships between numerical variables. In Tableau, you create a scatter plot by placing at least one measure on both the Columns and the Rows shelf. If these shelves contain both dimensions and measures, Tableau automatically places the measures as the innermost fields.

A scatter plot can use several mark types. By default, Tableau uses the shape mark type. However, depending on your data, you might want to use another mark such as a circle or a square. Refer to Mark Types for more information.

By default, measures are aggregated as a summation when placed on a shelf. Therefore, Tableau displays only one data point in each pane of a data table. You can view more data by disaggregating the measures or by placing one or more dimensions on another shelf such as Level of Detail, Shape, or Color.

The following examples show you how to use scatter plots to explore your data:

Scatter Plot–Basic

Scatter Plot–Filter and Color Encode

Scatter Plot–Filter and Level of Detail

Scatter Plot–Filter, Level of Detail, and Color Encode

Scatter Plot–Filter, Level of Detail, Color Encode, and Shape Encode