Report bubble overlap

Posted on 2014-09-02
Last Modified: 2014-09-03
I have a problem on my bubble chart. Bubbles are overlapped for those that have the same values. I tried different colors or shapes or transparency... it won't work well. Overlapped is still there. Is there any way to resolve the problem? Thanks.
Question by:minglelinch
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    are you sure a bubble chart is the most suitable type to display your data? Bubble charts are good if you have 3 variables/dimensions that you want to show simultaneously.  Otherwise you should use something simpler like a bar chart.

    If you must use it, then I suggest using data labels outside the bubbles so that they point to the bubble.  But rather than showing the number value you show the category/name value of the bubble.  You will get two labels pointing at the same bubble but the reader will understand that there are more than one bubble in that position.
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