Using alphabetic values in interactive maps

CDP Data Visualization Interactive Map visuals support both numeric and non-numeric values on the Color shelf. As a result, aspects of named categories can be viewed simultaneously on the same visual as a distinct series.

In the following example, truck movement data is used to demonstrate how to plot incident counts for several drivers, and differentiate them by the color.

  1. Select the appropriate dataset, and create a new dashboard.
  2. In the dashboard, open the default visual and change the visual type to Interactive Map.
  3. Enable the Circles, as described in Displaying circles.
    1. Click the Settings menu.
    2. Select Circles > Enable Circles.
  4. Enable both the area and color legends of the Circles option by selecting the Add Circle Area Legend and Add Circle Color Legend options.
  5. Optional: Disable all the other layers: heatmap, cluster, marker, and route.
  6. Populate the shelves from the available fields (Dimensions and Measures) in the DATA menu.
    1. Geo Shelf - Under Measures, select latitude and longitude, and add them to the Geo shelf.
      If your longitude and latitude measurements are not automatically recognized (appear with a (globe) icon on the Geo shelf), cast them to the appropriate Geo Type.
      1. Click the field on the shelf to open the FIELD PROPERTIES menu.
      2. Select Change Type and choose Latitude or Longitude as appropriate.
      For more information, see Change type and Geo data type.
    2. Measures Shelf - Under Measures, select eventtype and place it on the measures shelf.
      1. Change the aggregation function to count().
      2. Alias the field as # Incidents.
    3. Colors Shelf - Under Measures, select drivername, and place it on the Colors shelf.
      You may need to remove the default field aggregation from the field on the shelf. Alias the field as Driver.
    4. Filters Shelf - Add the field eventtype to this shelf, and select the single value 'Overspeed'.
      1. Add the field drivername to the filters shelf.
      2. Select a small number of drivers to see details.
  7. Optional: Change the color palette to ensure that the routes stand out sufficiently over the regular features of the map: Click Colors, and select an appropriate palette.
    The visual is displayed. The colors are defined by the names of the drivers, which are non-numeric.
  9. Change the title of the visual, and SAVE it.