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Stacked Bars

One Measure

This example will walk you through how to created a simple stacked bar chart with one continuous field that’s broken down by some dimension.


  1. Add a dimension to Columns. This discrete field will be plotted along the x-axis of your visualization, with groups formed based on the unique values within this dimension.
  1. Add a continuous field to Rows. It will be plotted along the y-axis of your visualization, where the heights of your bars are determined by the values of that field within each x-axis group.
  1. If it isn’t already, make sure to set your Mark Type to Bar because you want your data to be plotted as bars.
  1. Add a dimension to the Color channel. Within each bar, you’ll see that it is now grouped by the values within this dimension. You should also now have a legend that maps each color to the corresponding series names.

Multiple Measures

This example will walk you through how to create a simple stacked bar chart when you have multiple continuous fields.


  1. Add a dimension to Columns. This discrete field will be plotted along the x-axis of your visualization, with groups based on the unique values within this dimension.
  1. Add the system-generated Measure Values to Rows. After you do this, you’ll see that the Measure Values shelf appears.
  1. Add continuous fields to the Measure Values shelf to plot them on your visualization. These fields will be plotted along the y-axis of your visualization, where the heights of your bars are determined by the values of your within each x-axis group. You can think of the Measure Values field as a placeholder or variable that references the list of measures you add to the Measure Values shelf.
  1. If it isn’t already, make sure to set your Mark Type to Bar because you want your data to be plotted as bars.
  1. Lastly, add Measure Names to the Color channel. This will ensure that each field in your Measure Values shelf is now its own group within a bar. You should also now have a legend that maps each color to the corresponding field names.
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