Using the Groups View

The Groups view provides three specific data groupings (summarized below) for comparing several 2D graphs at a time. The first two groupings consist of single screens, and the third grouping of multiple screens.

If your input data spans multiple pages, all three groupings are available. If the data contains only a single page, only the first screen of the third grouping is available.

You can scroll through the groupings using the Change button. Use Page up and Page down buttons to cycle through the separate screens of the third grouping.

Data Groupings and How to Get Them

The steps below list the data groupings generated (see the following figures) when data is assigned to graph axes as follows:

  • The rows contain Employees
  • The columns contain Merchandise
  • The pages contain Months

For this discussion, imagine that the rows are currently in the selection bars. (Of course, simply interchange the rows and columns, if you have the columns in the selection bars.) The following steps describe the three data groupings while walking you through them.

  1. Invoke the Groups view. (Either select Goto  ®  Groups, or press Groups from the Selection view.) You get the grouping shown in the first of the following figures, which contains the Groups view of first data grouping.

    The first grouping includes one side-by-side graph for each page. Within each graph, values for the rows (Employees) are broken out side-by-side for each column (Merchandise). Since there are three pages, three graphs appear.

    The following figure contains the Groups view of the first data grouping.

  2. While in the first data grouping, press Change. You get the second grouping, shown in the second figure.

    The second grouping is really the same as the first, except broken down further. The single side-by-side graph given for each page (in the first grouping) is now shown as a series of non-side-by-side graphs, all in a row

    There is one non-side-by-side graph given here for each row (Employee) in the data. Within each graph, four values are given, one for each column (type of Merchandise).

    Since there are three pages in the data, three rows of graphs appear on the screen. Since there are four rows in each table of data, four graphs appear in each row on the screen.

    The following figure contains the Groups view of the second data grouping.

  3. While in the second data grouping, press Change. You get the third data grouping, which is shown in the third figure

    If your input data contains only a single table, this grouping is first to appear, and the only one possible. In this case, the grouping contains only a single screen.

    However, if the input data spans multiple tables, the third data grouping includes multiple screens (one for each page in the data). Use the Page up and Page down buttons to page through the screens. The name of the current page is found in the title of the screen

    Within a single screen, there is one graph for every row (Employee) in the data. Each graph contains four values, one for each column (type of Merchandise) in the data. Since there are four rows in the data, four graphs appear.

    Since there are three pages in the input data, you can click on Page up or Page down two more times to see the graphs for the other months. The Page up and Page down buttons are circular: on the third click, you are returned to the first screen in this grouping.

    The following figure contains the Groups view of the third data grouping with the first set of graphs.

  4. Click on Change anytime while in the third grouping to return to the first data grouping. (You can press Change anytime, regardless of where you are in the page-up/page-down cycle).

In reading the above description, as already noted, you should substitute columns for rows, if you have the columns in the selection bars instead of rows.

However, if you have pages in the selection bars, you cannot substitute pages for rows in reading the description. Pages are always used as described in the steps above, regardless of whether they are in the selection bars or not.

When you have pages in the selection bars, the system notices this and checks what you had there (rows or columns) before you turned on the Stack on/off button.

If the rows were there, then the system uses rows and columns exactly as described here. If the columns were there, the system interchanges columns for rows in implementing the described steps.

Using the Groups View Pushbuttons

The Groups view contains the following pushbuttons:

  • Selection

Go to Selection view.

  • Change

Display the next data grouping. See the preceding section, ("Data Groupings and How to Get Them") for more information on data groupings.