Visualizations → Sunburst

About a Sunburst visualization

The sunburst visualization is ideal for displaying hierarchical data. Each element, ring, or circle represents a level of the hierarchy with the innermost element or circle at the top of the hierarchy. A sunburst chart without any hierarchical data will look similar to a doughnut chart. A sunburst visualization with multiple levels of categories represents how outer rings relate to inner rings. The sunburst visualization is most effective in showing how one ring is divided into its contributing pieces.

With two possible dimensions, a sunburst visualization offers a dashboard developer the ability to create an insight that groups one or more aggregated or calculated values by one or more attributes. The result is a sunburst chart on a dashboard tab that shows:

  • a grouping dimension element
  • a measure

The distinction between a sunburst visualization and a sunburst insight is that an insight is an instance of the visualization. As an instance, a sunburst insight has unique configurations that a dashboard developer determines for displaying a sunburst chart on a dashboard tab. Insight configurations affect the available user interactions for a dashboard consumer such as the ability to drill down into a grouping dimension.

Configurations for a sunburst insight

A dashboard developer first selects a sunburst visualization for an insight in the Analyzer. Using the Analyzer, a dashboard developer configures pill properties, filter properties, and insight settings. Insight settings and pill properties determine not only how the sunburst chart appears as an insight in a dashboard tab, but also how a dashboard consumer can interact with the sunburst chart.

The visualization selection in the Insight panel of the Analyzer determines the available trays. From the Data panel, a dashboard developer adds a column or a formula to a tray. A column or a formula in a tray is a Pill.

Each pill has configurable properties. The parent tray determines the available properties of a pill.

The available trays for a sunburst insight are:

  • Grouping Dimension
  • Measure
  • Individual Filter
  • Aggregate Filter
Note

A sunburst insight requires only one measure pill.

Grouping Dimension

From the Data panel, you can add several columns or formulas to the Grouping Dimension tray. The sunburst insight plots the first pill in the Grouping Dimension tray as the innermost element, and the other pills as the outer rings of the elements.

Each pill in the Grouping Dimension tray is a filterable column for the insight. The pill ordering in the grouping dimension tray defines the following:

  • the first pill is the innermost element as the parent node
  • the other pills are outer rings of the elements as the child nodes
  • the other pills define an order of user interactions that allow a dashboard consumer to drill down into the next grouping dimension and in doing so, also create one or more dashboard runtime filters

Measure

To create an aggregation or calculation, you can add a column or a formula from the Data panel to the Measure tray.

You can select the measure pill to open the Properties panel. In the Properties panel, you can configure various properties such as the Aggregation and Format properties.

Individual Filter

To filter individual rows for the sunburst insight, define an individual filter for the insight. You can add a column or a formula to the Individual Filter tray from the Data panel.

You can select the individual filter pill to open the Filter panel. Using the Filter panel, you can specify the filter operator, one or more filter values, or the filter expression itself with the Formula Builder. You can also disable the individual filter.

To learn more about filter expressions for an individual filter, review Concepts → Individual Filter.

Aggregate Filter

You can define a filter expression that contains an aggregation or calculation using the Aggregate Filter tray.

To create a filter expression, you can add a column or a formula to the Aggregate Filter tray from the Data panel. You can select the aggregate filter pill to open the Filter panel.

Using the Filter panel, you can specify the aggregation, the filter operator, one or more filter values, or the filter expression itself with the Formula Builder. You can also disable the aggregate filter.

To learn more about filter expressions for an aggregate filter, review Concepts → Aggregate Filter.

Pill properties

The parent tray determines the available properties of a pill. There are various possible configurations for each pill type:

  • Grouping dimension pill properties
  • Measure pill properties
  • Individual filter properties for a filter expression
  • Aggregate filter properties for a filter expression

You can edit the properties of a grouping dimension or a measure pill with the Properties panel for a sunburst insight.

To create a filter expression, you can edit the properties of an individual filter or aggregate filter pill with the Filter panel.

In the case of the Filter property of a measure pill, you can open the Filter panel from the Properties panel to create the filter expression.

To open the Properties panel or Filter panel, select the pill arrow.

Grouping dimension pill properties

Here are the properties for a pill in the Grouping Dimension tray in a sunburst insight:

PropertyControlDescription
Column fully qualified namelabelThe fully qualified name of the selected column. This property is available only when you edit the properties of a column in the tray.
Formulatext boxSelect this property to invoke the Formula Builder and create the formula expression you want. This property is available only when you edit the properties of a formula added to the tray.
Data → Column Labeltext boxEnter the label for the grouping dimension column or formula
Data → Date Partdrop down listWhen the selected column is a date or timestamp, select the part of the date used. The options are:

    •  Full (default)
    •  Year
    •  Quarter
    •  Month
    •  Day
Data → HierarchytoggleThis option is available only for columns from objects with data hierarchy (physical schema objects with a self-join relationship).
Enable this property to specify the level of data in the hierarchy that you want to include in the insight for the respective column.
Hierarchy → Leveltext boxEnable Hierarchy to configure this property.
Enter a numeric value that represents the level of data you want to include in the insight. Leave blank or enter "-1" to include all levels.
Data → Sort Bydrag and dropDrag and drop the column or formula to sort the columns by
FormatselectSelect the format of the formula or date column. This option is available only when you edit the pill properties for a date column or a formula
Format → Date Masktext boxEnter a customized date format or select a predefined one to appear in this text box
Format → Quarter/Month Formatdrop down listSelect the format of the date column. The options are:
    •   No Format
    •   Prefix
    •   Short
    •   Long.
This property is available only when you set Date Part to Quarter or Month.
Drill Down → Dashboards Drill DownlinkSelect + Add Dashboard to select a dashboard tab to drill down to when the user selects a grouping dimension value in the insight
Add Dashboard → Include Runtime FilterstoggleEnable this property to pass the applied filter, if any, from one dashboard to another
Add Dashboard → Search Dashboardtext boxEnter a search string to filter the dashboard tree. From the results, select a dashboard tab to drill down to.

Measure pill properties

The parent tray determines the available properties of a pill. Select the arrow to the right of the pill name to open the Properties panel and configure the related properties.

Here are the properties for the pills in the Measure tray in a sunburst insight:

PropertyControlDescription
Column fully qualified namelabelThe fully qualified name of the selected column. This property is available only when you edit the properties of a column in the Measure tray.
Formulatext boxSelect this property to invoke the Formula Builder and create the formula expression you want. This property is available only when you edit the properties of a formula added to the Measure tray.
Data → Column Labeltext boxEnter the label of the measure
Data → Date Partdrop down listWhen the selected column is a date or timestamp, select the part of the date used. The options are:

    •  Full (default)
    •  Year
    •  Quarter
    •  Month
    •  Day
Data → Aggregationdrop down listSelect the aggregation option for the measure values. There are different available options. The options are:

    •  Average
    •  Count
    •  Distinct
    •  Median
    •  Min
    •  Max
    •  Sum
    •  Formula
    •  None
Data → Scaledrop down listSelect the chart scale. The options are:

    •  None
    •  Percent (%)
    •  Thousands (K)
    •  Millions (M)
The default is None.
Data → Running TotaltoggleEnable this property to display the measure values as a running total
Data → Filterdrag and dropDrag and drop a column or formula to filter the measure
FormatselectSelect the format of the measure (e.g. Dollar Rounded)
Format → Decimal Placestext boxThis property appears when you select Decimal, Dollar, Euro, Yen, or Percent as the Format. Enter the number of decimal places to display for the measure value.
Format → Thousands SeparatortoggleThis property appears for all Format options, except No Format. Enable this property to include a comma separator for values of 1000 or greater.
Format → PercentagetoggleEnable this property to view the percentage value of the columns
Format → Prefixtext boxEnter value to add a prefix and create a custom format. The value of the prefix field cannot contain single quotes.
Format → Suffixtext boxEnter value to add a suffix and create a custom format. The value of the suffix field cannot contain single quotes.
Format → Abbreviate on HovertoggleEnable this property to abbreviate the measure value upon hover
Drill Down → Dashboards Drill downlinkSelect + Add Dashboard to select a dashboard tab to drill down to when the user selects the measure value in the insight
Add Dashboard → Include Runtime FilterstoggleEnable this property to pass a filter from one dashboard to another
Add Dashboard → Search Dashboardtext boxEnter a search string to filter the dashboard tree. From the results, select a dashboard tab to drill down to.
Advanced → Base Fielddrag and dropDrag and drop the column to join two tables that are not directly joined.
Advanced → Query PlanbuttonSelect this property to reveal the direct data map path that the Incorta Analytics Service uses to retrieve or calculate the measure

Individual filter properties for a filter expression

To filter individual rows for the sunburst insight, define an individual filter. You can add a column or a formula to the Individual Filter tray from the Data panel.

Individual filter properties for a filter expression with a column as a pill

Here are the properties for a filter expression with a column as a pill in the Individual Filter tray for a sunburst insight:

PropertyControlDescription
Column fully qualified namelabelThe fully qualified name of the selected column
Data → Column Labeltext boxEnter the label for the measure
Date Partdrop down listWhen the filter column is a date or timestamp, select the part of the date used. The options are:

    •  Full (default)
    •  Year
    •  Quarter
    •  Month
    •  Day
Operatordrop down listSelect the operator to use in the filter criteria
Valuesmulti-selectSelect the value(s) to evaluate the column value against. Some operators do not require a value to evaluate against, such as Null and True.
If applicable, enter a string in the search bar to filter the list of values. To add a value to the list, enter it in the text box below the list and select +.
Advanced → Disable FiltertoggleEnable this property to disable the filter. Disabled filters are deleted when you save the insight.
Individual filter properties for a filter expression with a formula as a pill

Here are the properties for a filter expression with a formula as a pill in the Individual Filter tray for a sunburst insight:

PropertyControlDescription
Formula labellabelThe formula label
Data → Column Labeltext boxEnter the label for the measure formula
Formula → DynamictoggleEnable this property to select a filter expression session variable as a value
Formulatext boxDisable Dynamic to configure this property. Enter the formula in the Formula Builder to create the filter expression.
Operatordrop down listSelect the operator to use in the filter criteria
Valuesmulti-selectSelect the value(s) to evaluate the column value against, if required. Some operators do not require a value to evaluate against, such as Null and True. In the case that you enable Dynamic, select a filter expression session variable.
If applicable, enter a string in the search bar to filter the list of values. To add a value to the list, enter it in the text box below the list and select +.
Advanced → Disable FiltertoggleEnable this property to disable the filter. Disabled filters are deleted when you save the insight.

Aggregate filter pill properties for a filter expression

You can define a filter expression that contains an aggregation or calculation using the Aggregate Filter tray.

Aggregate filter pill properties for a filter expression with a column as a pill

Here are the properties for a filter expression with a column as a pill in the Aggregate Filter tray for a sunburst insight:

PropertyControlDescription
Column Labeltext boxEnter the name of the filter
Date Partdrop down listWhen the filter column is a date or timestamp, select the part of the date used. The options are:

    •  Full (default)
    •  Year
    •  Quarter
    •  Month
    •  Day
Aggregationdrop down listSelect the aggregation type to use in the filter. The available aggregation types are:

    •  Average
    •  Count
    •  Distinct
    •  Median
    •  Min
    •  Max
    •  Sum
    •  None
Operatordrop down listSelect the comparison operator for the filter value and the measure value.
Valuestext boxSelect the comparison value to use in the filter, or enter a new value to use in the filter comparison
Disable FiltertoggleEnable this property to disable the filter. Disabled filters are deleted when you save the insight.
Aggregate filter properties for a filter expression with a formula as a pill

Here are the properties for a filter expression with a formula as a pill in the Aggregate Filter tray for a sunburst insight:

PropertyControlDescription
Column Labeltext boxEnter the name of the filter
Formulatext boxEnter the formula in the Formula Builder to create the filter expression
Disable FiltertoggleEnable this property to disable the filter. Disabled filters are deleted when you save the insight.

Settings panel

With the Settings panel, you can configure additional properties for the sunburst insight. To open the Setting panel, in the Analyzer, select Settings (gear icon) in the Action bar.

PropertyControlDescription
General → Max Rows Limittext boxEnter the maximum number of categories to show on the x-axis. A value lower than the number of the insight query rows returned will restrict results. A value of 0 will include all rows.
General → Auto RefreshtoggleEnable this property to automatically update the insight when the underlying data is updated
General → Data SamplingtoggleEnable this property to use and analyze a representative subset of data in the insight
Layout → Data LabelstoggleEnable this property to display data labels in the sunburst chart
Advanced → Max Groupstext boxSet the maximum number of groups that cannot be exceeded in the insight

User interactions for a sunburst insight

As a dashboard consumer, you can interact with a sunburst insight on a dashboard tab. Some interactions will affect only the sunburst chart. Other interactions will affect both the sunburst chart and the dashboard. The creation of one or more dashboard runtime filters is an example of a user interaction that affects all applicable insights on all tabs of a dashboard.

Note

Some user interactions require specific configurations by a dashboard developer and therefore may not be available.

Here are the possible types of user interactions for a sunburst insight:

  • Select a ring piece to drill down into a grouping dimension and in doing so, create a dashboard runtime filter
  • Select a ring piece to open the Filter By menu and select an option to drill down into a grouping dimension and in doing so, create a dashboard runtime filter
  • Select a dashboard tab to navigate to in the Go To menu
Note

A dashboard runtime filter affects all applicable insights on all tabs of a dashboard. A dashboard runtime filter appears as a filter bar pill and displays the filter expression.

More Options menu for a sunburst insight

Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) enforces access to certain features and functionality. With Discretionary Access Control (DAC), a user who owns the dashboard can control the access to the dashboard. Access rights include the ability to view, share, and edit the dashboard. Together, RBAC and DAC affect the available selections in both the Action bar and the More Options menu for an insight.

In addition, certain tenant configurations by a Cluster Management Console (CMC) Administrator affect the available selections in the More Options menu for an insight.

Download as

  • For the sunburst insight, select More Options (⋮ vertical ellipsis icon).
  • Select Download as.
  • Select the download file format:
    • PNG
    • JPEG
    • PDF
    • SVG

View as Table

The View as Table is an Incorta Labs feature and a tenant configuration. A Cluster Management Console (CMC) Administrator must enable the feature.

To view a sunburst insight as a Listing Table or Aggregated Table, follow these steps:

  • For the sunburst insight, select More Options (⋮ vertical ellipsis icon).
  • Select one of the following options:
    • View as Regular Table
    • View as Aggregated Table

For a Listing Table or Aggregated Table, you can:

Set Alert

You can set an alert that identifies specific changes to a sunburst insight by defining a filter expression for a measure filter, individual filter, and/or aggregate filter.

  • For the sunburst insight, select More Options (⋮ vertical ellipsis icon).
  • Select Set Alert. Refer to the Scheduler document for additional information on Data Alerts.

Steps to create a sunburst insight

For an existing dashboard, to create a Sunburst insight for a given dashboard tab, follow these steps:

  • If not already open, open a dashboard.
  • To add a new insight to the dashboard, in the Action bar, select +.
  • If needed, in the Analyzer, in the Data panel, select Manage Dataset.
  • In the Manage Data Sets panel, select one or more business schema views and/or one or more physical schema tables.
  • To close the Manage Data Sets panel, select X or any other area of the Analyzer.
  • In the Insight panel, select V.
  • In Charts, select the Sunburst visualization.
  • From the Data panel, drag and drop various columns to various trays in the Insight panel:
    • Grouping Dimension
    • Measure
    • Individual Filter
    • Aggregate Filter
  • Configure the pill properties using the Property panel or Filter panel.
  • Configure various insight properties using the Settings panel.

Example of a sunburst insight

In this example, you will create a sunburst insight that compares revenue by product category, subcategory, and product per region. The example uses the SALES schema that comes with the Sample Data.

Note

In the CMC, you can create a tenant that includes Sample Data. The Sample Data includes the SALES schema.

Add an insight

  • In the Action bar, select +.
  • In the Data panel, select Manage Dataset.
  • In the Manage Data Sets panel, in Tables, select the SALES schema.
  • Close the Manage Data Sets panel.
  • In the Insight panel, under Charts, select Sunburst.
  • From the Data panel, drag and drop the following columns to the respective tray:
    • From the Product table, drag and drop Category to the Grouping Dimension tray.
    • From the Product table, drag and drop Prod. Subcategory to the Grouping Dimension tray.
    • From the Product table, drag and drop Product to the Grouping Dimension tray.
    • From the Sales table, drag and drop Revenue to the Measure tray.
    • From the Data panel, drag and drop Prod. Subcategory to the Individual Filter tray. In the Filter panel,
      • For Operator, select In.
      • For Values, only select Accessories, CD-ROM, and Cameras.
  • Edit the insight title to be Revenue by Product Category, Subcategory, and Product Name.
  • Select Save.