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Pretty new to the new charts within SSRS, trying to do my first one with percentages.  My logic actually outputs the percentages by default, but the pie chart isn't presenting them properly.  

My data set has two values:  Media Type, Percent
In Chart Data, the Percent is in values section, the Media Type is in the Category Groups.
I have right-clicked my pie chart and selected 'Show Data Labels'
I have right clicked one of those labels and made the Label Data #PERCENT.

I think it is because of the number of slices.  The logic posted below returns 11 records.  
While in design pane, the data is accurately represented, but it only shows six slices.  
When I preview, all eleven or grahically represented, but they're all the same size, and they're all tagged 9.09%.

screen shots of both are attached.

Anybody?

--logic
SELECT
	m.[Description] [Media Type],	    	    
	[Percent %] = convert(VARCHAR,convert(MONEY,100.0 * COUNT(MediumID) / (SELECT COUNT(*) FROM dbo.CampaignDetails)),1) + ' %' 
FROM
	dbo.CampaignDetails c JOIN dbo.MediumTable m
	ON c.MediumId = m.[Id]
GROUP BY
	m.[Description]
ORDER BY
	[Media Type]

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by:itcouple
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Hi

I personally avoid pie charts http://www.itcouple.co.uk/when-to-use-pie-charts.aspx (The article is very basic but at the bottom there is a link to proper explanation).

If you have choice I would go with data bar (2008 R2) if you don't have data bar you can still embed chart into tablix.

Regarding your query you seem to return % as string. I wouldn't do that as SSRS does it very well (number to %)

Hope that helps
Emil
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by:dbaSQL
ID: 35132789
>>Regarding your query you seem to return % as string. I wouldn't do that as SSRS does it very well (number to %)
Are you suggesting I just change it to do a count, and allow SSRS to translate to % ?

I think the pie chart is usable, in very few areas.  And as I said, this is fairly new to me.  Before I move to a data bar, I would at least like to understand the reason I am having this problem.
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by:dbaSQL
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>>I would at least like to understand the reason I am having this problem.
It may have been simply my string calc.  I changed it to COUNT, instead of my percentage calculation, and now the pie previews accurately.
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itcouple earned 2000 total points
ID: 35133274
Hi

I'm glad to see you fixed the issue. Yes pie chart just needs rows of data with values it works out % by itself because it knows total is 100%.

I think pie charts are very common as people learned proportions on them (kids) but the irony is that proportions is something pie chart does very badly because you cannot compare them very easily. I have tried finding cases where pie charts are better then other options but finally I gave up and I admit pie charts should be only eaten :)

Anyway it takes some time to get used to this and business usually likes pie charts and the audience is one of the key elements of reports developments so if they want it let them have it ;)

Good luck with your new challenges
Emil
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by:dbaSQL
ID: 35134654
You got that right... the audience loves the pie charts!

I'll award you the points, Emil.  I appreciate your time and your input.

Thank you.
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