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rabblecalmness9 Frequent Visitor
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Visualizing a sequence of items

I am wondering what techniques I could use in PowerBI to visuale a sequence of steps or an activity path.  The idea being I want to see correlation of many different discrete items.

 

The example I am playing with to learn is some public survey data.  I was interested if there is correlation between various answers.  I used a Sankey diagram.  The challenge is the Sankey diagram only appears to show the preceding and following link.  I would like to be able to follow the link all the way from beginning to end.  Here is what I see:

Sankey Diagram Example Only Shows Preceding and Following Steps

 

In this example I do not think I can come up with the conclusion that the "Moderate or Do not know" population almost also called "Economy is Fair or Poor"   In this example I am interested in looking at the ideaology population and then seeing how they feel about their community and the encomony as well as their social media usage. 

 

The more advanced use-case would be business process steps that I could visualize and if I click on any of the nodes I can see all of the resulting nodes and their proportions.   In this sense, I can follow a population through a flow of a series of steps.

 

Thanks, Steve

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Super User
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Re: Visualizing a sequence of items

It seems this is the correct visual for you. Is the issue maybe that you are clicking on one of the nodes, and it is that clicking event that is changing the focus of the chart?  Have you tried bringing in a slicer that contains a list of the "end to end" flow that you are interested in, and click knew of those?



* Matt is a Microsoft MVP (Power BI) and author of the Power BI Book Supercharge Power BI.
rabblecalmness9 Frequent Visitor
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Re: Visualizing a sequence of items

Thanks to your suggest I did try the slicer and it has a similar affect.

 

For example, I clicked on those who had a moderate ideaology (640 records) and it shows the next node those 640 go to.  From then, however, they aggregate numbers between nodes all exceed my original 640 records.

 

The source data only has two columns:

 

Source     Target

=====   ============

Moderate,   Good Economy
Good Economy,   Poor Community

 

Ideally I would like to be able to click on one of the left-ish nodes and it would act as both filter and highlighter.  So all of the in links to the node.  I just don't think that will happen.  

v-ljerr-msft Super Contributor
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Re: Visualizing a sequence of items

Hi @rabblecalmness9,


The more advanced use-case would be business process steps that I could visualize and if I click on any of the nodes I can see all of the resulting nodes and their proportions.   In this sense, I can follow a population through a flow of a series of steps.


Good points! As it is not possible to do it currently, you can go to contact Power BI Custom Visual Support team(pbicvsupport@microsoft.com) and give them your feed back.Smiley Happy

 

Regards

Tinep Frequent Visitor
Frequent Visitor

Re: Visualizing a sequence of items

Hi,

 

Do you have any idea whether this is possible one year later (now)?

 

Thanks,

Tine

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