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Hi all,   I am trying to do a scatter plot that shows  the x axis as percent requested and the y axis showing the percent paid.  The data has a column of store numbers and then column for paid and request percentage and I have attached an example. The problem is that it is using the store number as the x axis.  I really want to see where the store falls between the two axis.  

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Montrof
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Hello,

Although you can easily create a chart like the one you describe, I wonder what value it will be to the reader.

Here's how to create it (one way of many):

- click an empty cell well outside of your data table and click Insert > Scatter chart. This will give you an empty chart.
- On the Chart Tools > Design ribbon click "Select Data" and then "Add"
- Give the series a name and select the data for the X and the Y values

The chart will now show the data points, but there is no indication whatsoever about which store belongs to which data point. Therefore I wonder what value this chart will have to the reader.

See attached file.

cheers, teylyn
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The idea would be to see if the number of people asking for assistance are actually paying.  The real data has about 5000 stores so it is hard to select a good way to present it.  I am open to any suggestions on a better way to present the data.  

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Montrof
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I guess with 5000 data points, this chart will give you an rough indication. If that's all you need, then that's fine.

For a more detailed analysis, you could use the Analysis Toolpak (you need to activate that via File > Options > Add-ins > Manage Excel Add-ins > tick Analysis ToolPak)

Then you could, for example, create a histogram or a pareto chart.

cheers, teylyn
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