How to graph seconds minutes hours, together?
Posted on 2014-09-23
A problem which I am having and cannot seem to find a solution to is that of creating a report for time based events to show a visual over time.
An event being something, anything, which can be from 1 second long to many hours long.
When trying to create a graph to show events over time, the problem is that the Y axis is never possible because the range is too great.
Say there there are 30 events in a graph, some are 2 seconds long and some are one to many hours long. Now let's say that green is seconds, orange is minutes and red is hours.
We are using a bar graph because these are individual events so each bar represents one event.
The graph ends up showing a miniscule green lines which are barely seen while hour long events show up as huge red bars going past the top of the graph. No matter how we adjust the Y axis, this always happens. If we make the Y axis a short period of time, then we can see the short events but long events are just huge bars. If we make the Y axis a long period of time, then we can see the long events nicely but the short events nearly disappear.
Since we need to show ALL events so that we can get a visual over time, it means that we cannot separate s/m/h events, they all need to be together in the graph.
So the question is, how in the world can this be dealt with???