Kite Chart

A kite chart is a perfect diagram that graphically enlightens the way that abundance of various species that change at different places in the same line. Density is find by measuring each of a series of survey areas, which is quadrats. This is usually taken at measuring distance along transect, which is a suitable line that goes through a habitat that usually changes. It is possible to measure it in units of some kind, or even as percentage coverage, while counting the impracticable of individuals. It is possible for a kite chart to show abundance of key marine species while moving from a splash zone to below tide mark on the rocky shore.

We are going to create the kite chart together, and I am going to use Microsoft Excel 2013.

Gathering Data

It is important to make sure that critical data is layout on the spreadsheet of your Microsoft Excel.

Write "title" on one column, and what you would like the title to be on the column beside it.

title columns 

Give names to the species. The marked area with green is meant to clarify what we have given to the species.

row highlighted

These are the original kite values that we have been outlaid. You are to decide your own kite values.

kite values

Necessary Calculation

We are now going to make the calculations that make it easier to make the kite chart.

The marked area is the place where we have put the value of kite line offset. As you have seen, there are gaps in between the numbers of the marked area.

calculations

The marked area in the picture showing above is to show you the value of kite line datum. The marked area in the picture showing above is equal to the top row of the species, which in this case is the one beneath Right, Left, and Center on the left side of the picture. In this case, I click on each of the marked column and type "=A4, =B4, =C4" in them.

gaps

Click on the column, which is marked as number 1. You should now calculate the value of kite offset, which is D3 in this case, and add the original kite value, which is the one marked in red, and minus the kite line datum. I click on the column, and then type in what you'd see in it.

formulas

There is a small square beside number 1, pointing there with a mouse would show a small plus symbol. Click and hold onto that square, and then drag it down. This would automatically make the calculation.

formula drag down

Click on the column that is directly under the kite line datum, which is 10. This is the one marked as number 1, and then type in the same thing that is showing in number 2. This is assumable that you are using the same columns that we are using in this one.

if formula

Click and hold on the small square beside the one labeled as number 1, and drag it down.

hold and drag formula

Click on the column, as the one labeled as number 1, and type in the thing showing in number 2, and press enter. The small square beside number 3, should be click and hold onto, and dragged down.

drag formula calculations

We are going to click on the column marked as number 1, and then type in the information showing in number 2, and press enter.

automatic calculations

Tip: Click on the result to see a small square, click and hold onto it, and drag it down for automatic calculation

You should click on the column, as it is marked as number 1, write the same thing showing in number 2, and press enter. Once you press enter, you would see a small square that you could drag down, as we did before.

h column calculations

Click on the column that has been labeled as number 1, and showing in green, and type in the details as it has been displayed as number 2. You should change the columns as (c4, h3, and so on) to the ones with values that correspond with the ones with information related to the kite chart. This goes for all the data values.

last calculations

Making Data Fancy

It is about making right adjustment that make it easier for creating the kite chart.

Mark the columns, as marked in number 1, and go to the home tab, which is marked as number 2. Choose the Cell Styles, as it is marked as number 3, and finally choose the style, as it is marked as number 4.

cell styles

You should repeat the same thing to make the scene looks like that showing on the picture below.

repeat cell styles

Creating the Chart

We are going to create the chart.

Mark the columns, as in this case, we marked D4:I13 to cover all areas.

select data

Click on the insert tab, as it is showing in number 1, and then choose recommended charts. You could alternatively click on the alt, as it is the area charts.

insert area chart

There is the chart creation that would make it possible to further develop the kite chart.

area charts

Creating Kite Chart

We do have a chart ready, but it is not kite chart. We are going to finalize the details, and make the chart ready.

Click on the series 2, as marked in number 1, and then choose number 2 to choose the same color as the plot area.

chart plot area

Click on plot area, as marked as number 1, and then choose the color that matches the plot color, as the number 2.

plot color

Click on the plot area, as labeled as number 1, and then change the color to the same as plot color, as number 2.

change plot color

We are now going to delete series 2, series 4, and series 6 by selecting each one of them and pressing delete.

delete series legend

Changing Series Names

We are now going to change the series 1, 3, and 5 as they are currently showing on the chart we created.

Right click on the legend as it is marked as number 1 in the picture showing above, and choose select data, as marked as number 2.

click select data

Click on series1, as it is part of the three legends we left, after deleting series 2, 4, and 6. This is the one labeled as number 1, and then click on edit, which is number 2, and then click on Ok.

select data source

Click on the column under "series name", it is number 1, and then click on the column with the series name, which is labeled number 2, and then click okay, as labeled number 3. You should repeat this step with series 3 and series 5.

edit series

The Kite Chart This is how the kite chart look like:

excel kite chart example

Even though we had deleted series 2, 4, and 6, it does not affect the details. The data is still intact.

You can download free Kite chart template here