Tableau Tip: Creating a Harvey Balls Chart

January 12, 2016     Tips & Tricks

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Chuck Hooper, a Senturus lead Tableau trainer, outlines how to create a Harvey Balls chart in Tableau to indicate product attribute ratings.

Think of Consumer Reports reviews: they have a circle with 1,2,3,4 quarters of a circle filled in, to rate a product, such as a car or appliance. The more segments filled in, the higher rated that product attribute is. How do you create that kind of chart with Tableau?

This simple example assumes you have a 0-4 rating already in the data.

The input source data:
TT Harvey Balls Input Source Data

  1. Create this view:
    TT Harvey Balls View
  2. Select “Shape” from the Mark Type drop down.
  3. Drag the “Score” field onto the Shape button in the marks card.
  4. Edit the Shape Legend.
  5. Select the “Proportions” shape palette.
  6. Assign shapes to values:
    TT Harvey Balls Shape
  7. The final results:
    TT Harvey Balls Final Result-crop

Tool C wins!

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Chuck Hooper's career includes over five decades of business and IT experience. He started Tableau's Professional Services consulting organization and was a Tableau Zen Master from 2012-2014. He conducts training sessions on the use of Tableau Software products, and does speaking engagements on visual analytics, data warehouse design, and other business intelligence topics at both the technical and the executive levels.