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I need to do a pivot chart.
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Each division of a company has a $$ liabilities that it had to clear against its budget that it gets from the mother company. So, if Div 1 gets a quarterly budget of support from the mother company in the amount of $22000 and if it’s current liabilities towards the mother company, on that specific date in $2000, then actually the budget it will get will be $20000.

Now, the idea here is dollar changes in liability over a period of time as divisions are constantly either paying off the liabilities or accruing them over a period of time... What could be the best representation in terms of pivot chart that could visually and metrically show the user that info? Like if we see that out of all divisions, any particular division has increased liabilities over a period of time or sudden hike in liabilities over a long period of time. Any multitude of interesting trends that will give deeper insights into how the different divisions are maintaining their liabilities over a long period of time or any interesting trends in the chart..? So what could be the best pivot chart to represent this visually? I have already attached an excel pivot chart. But I think it could be much better in shape, visually and more intuitive. Please Help.

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Rayne
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Any ideas ?
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I took a look at this a few hours ago and thought you had a pretty good chart.

You want to express to the user that the divisions are paying off liabilities or accruing them over a period of time, correct?

I think one way to think about it is the percent change in liabilities and show that as a line on the secondary axis.

Do you have access to the budget?  liabilities/budget might be another measure which is readily trend-able.

Dave
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At an executive level, the less metrics the better, and the more meaningful the critical few measures that are observed, the better (at least that's been the trend from my perspective over the last 10 years - simpler/less is better but it has to be good!).  With that in mind, there are two metrics and potentially one (re: risk) that might serve as the measure you're looking for.


Here's an example adding two additional lines, one for average liabilities over the period, and the other for standard deviation (so a measure of how uncertain the holding company might be about the division's liability management - a measure of risk, perhaps).  I sorted the divisions in the order ascending based on standard deviation/risk perceived.

See attached.

Dave
SampleP-r1.xlsx
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Hi Dave,

Thank you so much  for your kind help and observation The divisions are small and several, so with time, I guess the x axis will get longer.
That excel sheet will grow bigger with more row data added for liabilities added over a several months and weeks.
The measure of variability and average is great.

Further, the other thing is is there a way to show, that for Each division, at any specific time - the liabilities have fallen or increased by % like adding a third trend line (in addition to the two existing ones already)?
more like the photo....
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You want to express to the user that the divisions are paying off liabilities or accruing them over a period of time, correct?
Yes



I think one way to think about it is the percent change in liabilities and show that as a line on the secondary axis.
Yes, that a very good idea



Do you have access to the budget?  liabilities/budget might be another measure which is readily trend-able.
No. I don’t have access to budget info
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Thanks Dave for your kind help.
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Very good expert
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