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Scatter Plots in Plotly 2.0

A type of plot that shows the relationship between two variables.

Step 1

Try an Example

Scatter plots show how much one variable is affected by another.

After selecting 'Scatter plot' under 'Chart Type', you can check out an example before adding your own data. Clicking the 'try an example' button will show what a sample chart looks like after adding data and playing with the style. You'll also see what labels and style attributes were selected for this specific chart, as well as the end result.

Example after

You can also use the data featured in this tutorial by clicking on 'Open This Data in Plotly' on the left-hand side. It'll open in your workspace.

Open data

Step 2

Add Your Data to Plotly

Head to Plotly’s new online workspace and add your data. You have the option of typing directly in the grid, uploading your file, or entering a URL of an online dataset. Plotly accepts .xls, .xlsx, or .csv files. For more information on how to enter your data, see this tutorial.

Import data main

Step 3

Create a Chart

After adding your own data, go to GRAPH on the left-hand side, then 'Create'. Choose 'Scatter plot' under 'Chart type'.

Choose chart main

Click on GRAPH on the left-hand side to add your x-axis and y-axis to your line plot. After selecting ‘Scatter plot', you should then fill out the X and Y dropdown to create the plot.

Adding x and y axis

This will create a raw scatter plot, as seen below.

Raw chart

Step 4

Style a Chart

You can choose your colors, text position, or typeface. Click on STYLE on the left-hand side to play around with the style of your plot.

To change the colors, click on ‘Traces’ under the same STYLE tab. Note that certain colors and typeface are only available with a PRO subscription. Click here to upgrade!

Colour main

For plots that have a larger data set with more values, you may want to display each group in different colors. This option is not currently available, but is coming soon!

To add a title to your plot, you can type it directly on the title by double-clicking it.

Type directly title

The same can be done for the axis labels, and legend.

Type directly axis

Another option is to visit the 'Layout' section under STYLE, click on 'Text' and enter your title in the box, as shown below.

Type in layout panel

Step 5

Save and Share

Your plot is now done! Click SAVE on the left-hand side.

Save main

After giving your file a name, select your PLOT and DATA as 'Public' or 'Private'. For more information on how sharing works, including the difference between private, public and secret sharing, visit this page.

Save pop-up

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