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Make a Scatter Plot on a Map with Chart Studio and Excel

Scatter Plots on Maps with Chart Studio

Step 1

Upload your Excel data to Chart Studio's grid

Open the data file for this tutorial in Excel. You can download the file here in CSV format

Step 2

Head to Chart Studio

Head to the Chart Studio Workspace and sign into your free Chart Studio account. Go to 'Import', click 'Upload a file', then choose your Excel file to upload. Your Excel file will now open in Chart Studio's grid. For more about Chart Studio's grid, see this tutorial

Import data

Step 3

Creating Your Chart

Head to the 'MAKE A PLOT' dropdown and select 'Scatter map.' In this case, we'll only need the 'lat,' 'lon,' and incoming flights data. Click the 'Text' option on the left panel; choose the incoming flight data as T.


Your plot would initially look something like this.


Lets change the focus of your map from the world to the USA. Head to the 'Layout' popover then to the - 'Geo layout' dropdown. Select 'USA' for your scope and 'Albers usa' for type.


The color scheme automatically generated by Chart Studio can be changed within the TRACES popover. Head to the 'style' dropdown, and adjust the marker size and color to your liking.


Step 4

Finalizing Your Graph

We’ve titled our chart. You can too. We came up with 'Most Trafficked U.S. Airports.' Below that, we've specified that the hover text represents the number of arriving flights in Feb. 2011.


You can download your finished Chart Studio graph to embed in your Excel workbook. We also recommend including the Chart Studio link to the graph inside your Excel workbook for easy access to the interactive Chart Studio version. Get the link to your graph by clicking the 'Share' button. Download an image of your Chart Studio graph by clicking EXPORT on the toolbar.


To add the Excel file to your workbook, click where you want to insert the picture inside Excel. On the INSERT tab inside Excel, in the ILLUSTRATIONS group, click PICTURE. Locate the Chart Studio graph image that you downloaded and then double-click it. Notice that we also copy-pasted the Chart Studio graph link in a cell for easy access to the interactive Chart Studio version.