The streamlined way to create and customize radar charts
Go beyond your standard radar chart, and make something stunning and interactive in a couple of steps. With Displayr's radar chart maker, it's easy to create basic radar charts, interactive radar charts, small multiples radar charts, and more.
Insightful, interactive, and flexible radar charts
Add text to turn your radar chart into a data story or a live infographic. Easily add narrative with filters and conditional formatting or use drag and drop to overlay text boxes, arrows, shapes, background images, and more. How far will your imagination take you?
Make your radar chart in 3 easy steps
Then follow the radar chart prompts. Here you can easily customize fonts, colors, backgrounds, add conditional formatting, text annotations, and do more advanced analysis.
Publish your radar chart as an interactive infographic, dashboard, export to PowerPoint or as a PDF with one click.
What is a radar chart?
A radar chart can be an intriguing way of presenting your data. Radar charts are effectively a line or area chart, wrapped around a central axis. They are also occasionally called a spider graph, polar chart, web chart or star plot.
It can be difficult for viewers to interpret large tables with a lot of data and cells. Visualizing that data by turning it into a radar chart, makes it easier for your audience to understand.
Radar charts can be used to show multiple quantitative variables and are an awesome way of showing or highlighting which parts of the data stands out in comparison to the rest. This also makes them particularly good for identifying any outliers amongst each variable. Because of this, they are commonly used to analyze performance data in professional sports, like charting a player’s relative strengths and weaknesses.
Within a radar chart, each variable is provided with an axis that starts from the center. All axes are arranged radially with equal distances between each other and connecting grid lines. This forms what resembles a spider’s web. Each variable value is plotted along its individual axis and the variables are connected together to form a polygon shape.
Having too many polygons on one radar chart can make it hard to read, cluttered and confusing. The best thing to do is to keep your radar chart simple and limit the number of variables included. Also consider switching to a different chart type if your variables are all fairly similar and overlap a lot.
Another option is to just show the outline of the polygon or play with the transparency of the fill. Finally, you can also create several small multiples of your radar chart to show only two variables at a time.
Using Displayr’s free radar chart creator, you can create a readable radar chart by customizing the formatting, text, and colors. You can also take advantage of the option to have the center of your polygons filled in, meaning that the top polygon can cover all the others underneath it.
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Radar charts FAQs
What are radar charts best used for?
A radar chart’s primary function is to clearly show commonality and outliers. They are also used for ordinal measurements, where each variable corresponds to ‘better’ in some aspect, and all variables on the same scale. This makes it a suitable graph to measure multivariate data being shared among similar groups, individuals, or objects.
What does a radar chart measure?
Radar charts depict multivariate data of three or more quantitative variables mapped onto an axis. This gives it an appearance that is similar to a spider’s web, with a central axis that possesses at least three spokes, called radii, extending from it. The values for the data are mapped on these spokes.
Where in real life are radar charts used commonly?
As radar charts help measure multivariate data being shared among similar groups, people, or objects, they have been frequently employed in athletics, performance metrics, education, business, and life sciences. They allow data analysts to visualize the data in order to research, compare, and effectively make decisions from the datasets they are examining.
How many dimensions can a radar chart have?
There are two dimensions on a radar chart along with one measure. The x-axis is the perimeter of the chart and the y-axis travels from the center to the perimeter. Each value listed on the radar chart, signifies the distance from the center of the chart, and displays on axes that start from the center.
What other names are radar charts known by?
A radar chart has also been known as a spider chart, spider web chart, cobweb chart, star plot, web chart, irregular polygon, Kiviat diagram and polar chart.
What are the limitations of radar charts?
The main limitation of radar charts is that their effectiveness is limited to data sets with less than a few hundred points. Anything above that, can make it quite overwhelming and harder to comprehend. This can cause your chart to appear too cluttered as the number of samples increases. However, when they are employed to visualize small to moderate sized multivariate data sets, they are more successful.
How can I make a radar chart for free with Displayr?
To use Displayr’s radar chart maker, you need to sign up first, confirm your email by clicking on the confirmation link that you’ll receive, and then follow the prompts to create your first radar chart. Start here.
How can I make a radar chart for free with Displayr?
• Click Visualization
• Select Radar
• Choose between 'Radar' and 'Small Multiples Radar'
• Click Add Data or Drag across your variable from Data Sets
• Click OK
• Customize your radar chart using the options in the right hand menu