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4D Charts?

Anyone know of a plugin for Excel that provides the ability to plot 4 data dimensions on a single chart?

Specifically I want to chart:
x-axis: priority (4 distinct values possible)
y:axis: severity (4 distinct values possible)
z-axis: phase (5 distinct values possible)
plot-point: a number, representing the number of data values for the x-y-z plot

I'm not stuck on using x-y-z axis as above, nor do I have a particular preference for chart type (bar, plot, etc), but I suspect some kind of bar would be more readable. The above is for example only.

~ ~ Dave

Friday, April 9, 2004

I'm having trouble visualizing that, but can you use color or patterns to convey your fourth axis?

Sam Livingston-Gray
Friday, April 9, 2004

Look up "heat map" - that's a 2-D map (usually geographic) representing 3-D data. Use color for your 4th dimension and you'll get a 3-D heat map. BUT I'm not sure how usable it will be.

You might want to reexamine your premises...


Friday, April 9, 2004

Like this one (cool!):

Matthew Lock
Friday, April 9, 2004

You may want to check out Visual Spreadsheets by Tableau Software (  The product is specifically designed to query and visualize any number of data dimensions from any database.

Christian Chabot (Tableau Software)
Friday, April 9, 2004

check out xlstat:

Saturday, April 10, 2004

With Panopticon Spreadsheet Mapper, you get a powerful tool for visualizing data in three dimensions simultaneously. The parameters can be changed on the fly. The technology is known as heat maps or tree maps, and the Spreadsheet Mapper plugs into Excel like an additional toolbar, so any data you can import or query into Excel is available for immediate visualization. Try the free evaluation version available at

Theo at Panopticon
Wednesday, May 5, 2004

Check out the XLColorMap at http:\\

It is an Excel add-in which uses a color scale for the third dimension. It's a free download.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

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