Column Chart Showing Total Sales by Store Location¶
Time to Complete: 5 minutes
Looking at the data fields available in the schema, some of the most valuable information you can relay revolves around revenue. You may want to know how various stores are performing, specifically if there are any stores significantly under or overperforming compared to others.
A column chart works well for this type of visualization because you can easily compare individual store revenue based on the size of each column.
Construct the Chart¶
Click Add My First Chart.¶
In the Data Source dropdown, select sample_supplies.sales.¶
Select the Chart Type¶
- In the Chart Type dropdown, select Column.
- Click Stacked below the dropdown.
This chart renders a column for each store location's revenue. Because there are six different store locations, the chart will contain six columns.
Add the desired fields to the proper encoding channels.¶
- Drag the
storeLocationproperty from the Fields section of the Chart Builder view to the X Axis encoding channel. This tells MongoDB Charts to create a column for each
storeLocationvalue in the dataset.
In the Fields section click the
itemsfield to expand the
itemsobject and view its properties.Note
MongoDB Charts infers the data type of each field and provides symbols to easily determine these data types when building your chart. For example, the calendar icon next to the
saleDatefield signifies that this field is a timestamp. These symbols can help ensure your chart renders as expected by using proper data types for each encoding channel.
items.pricefield to the Y Axis encoding channel. The Y Axis encoding channel determines which field to use for the chart's aggregation.ExampleAggregation
Aggregation processes data records using a wide variety of methods and returns computed results which may not be available in the original dataset. Because we are interested in the total revenue from each store, we use the
items.pricefield here and will use an aggregation operator which will allow us to add the
In the Array Reductions dropdown, select Unwind array.ExampleUnwind array
Array reductions dictate how to process an array so its elements can be visualized. The unwind array option creates a new document for each element in the array, so each item's price is added to the total for that store.
For more information on unwinding arrays, refer to the unwind aggregation documentation.
In the Aggregate dropdown, select sum.ExampleSum
This option adds the prices of all items per store together to display the chart. For more information on the
$sumaggregation command, refer to the sum aggregation documentation.
Your chart should now look something like this:
Notice that the stores generating the most revenue are the
Title your chart.¶
- Hover over your chart title above the center of the chart and click the pencil icon.
Copy the following into the chart title input:
Total Sales ($) by Store Location
- Click the check mark to save your title.
Click Save and Close at the top-left of the chart builder view.¶
You will be navigated back to your Super Store Supply Sales dashboard and it should look something like this:
Now that we have a visualization showing a high-level overview of store revenue, one might wonder which type of item each store is selling the most of. The following section of the tutorial illustrates how to build a donut chart to analyze the tag names of items being sold.