How to Make Ranking Bump Chart

A bump chart is a type of chart that can be created in Excel. We are going to insert a ranking bump chart. I am using Microsoft Excel 2013, but you can use other versions to perform the insertion.

Rank charts are not often used in Excel. Due to their specificity, they are not suitable for most applications. However, the bump graph is a good choice to show:

• ranking changes over time
• results of changes in election polls
• position changes in the table, e.g. football teams in the league

Prior to inserting the bump chart, I will assume that you have data available, which is something like this:

Note: The data can be as you like, it is about ranking the products or anything else, and you can place any data you want.

How to create a Bump Chart?

Copy the time and whatever you would like to rank in a new place on the same sheet. In this case, we are going with products.

Mark the same quantities of cells with data as in the data you initially had.

Use the rank function to rank the columns.

The rank function syntax is:

=RANK(number, rank, [order])

Rank function arguments:

• number – the value for which you want to find the ranking
• rank – The range of values for which you are looking for a ranking
• order – an optional parameter needed when you want to decide whether the ranking should be sorted in ascending or descending order

With the marked area, click on the formula bar, and type in =RANK(B2; all the cells in the same column, for example B\$2:B\$5). The full formula in my example is =RANK(B2,B\$2:B\$5,0). Press CTRL + Enter.

Click on any of the rank cells that are still marked.

Click on the insert tab (1), and then click on the Line chart (2).

Choose a line chart without a marker in 2-D.

Right-click on the Y axis (1), and click on the format axis (2).

In the bound, type 0 as the minimum (1), 4 as the maximum (2), 0 as the minor (3), 1 as the major (4), and then check values in reverse order (5).

Note: If you have three different things you are ranking rather than four, you should set the maximum (2) to 3. You can also add an axis title if you wish.

Our Bump Chart:

Advanced Techniques for Creating Bump Charts

We will discuss some advanced techniques for creating bump charts. These techniques can be used to create more visually appealing and informative bump charts.

One technique is to use different colors for each line in the bump chart. This can help to make the chart easier to read and understand. For example, you could use different colors to represent different products, different time periods, or different data sets.

Another technique is to use different line styles for each line in the bump chart. This can also help to make the chart easier to read and understand. For example, you could use solid lines for positive changes, dashed lines for negative changes, and dotted lines for neutral changes.

You can also use different shapes for the markers on the bump chart. This can help to add visual interest to the chart. For example, you could use circles, squares, triangles, or diamonds for the markers.

Finally, you can use different formatting options to customize the appearance of the bump chart. For example, you can change the font, size, and color of the text, and you can change the width and style of the lines.

By using these advanced techniques, you can create bump charts that are more visually appealing and informative. This can help you to communicate your data more effectively and to reach a wider audience.

Here are some additional tips for creating effective bump charts:

• Use a consistent color scheme throughout the chart.
• Make sure the text is easy to read and understand.
• Use a clear and concise title for the chart.
• Label the axes of the chart clearly.
• Use a legend to explain the different lines or shapes in the chart.
• Optimize the chart for the screen or print medium you are using.

By following these tips, you can create bump charts that are both informative and visually appealing.

Key Takeaways

• A bump chart is a type of chart that can be used to visualize ranking changes over time.
• Bump charts can be created in Excel using the RANK function.
• To create a bump chart, you need to select the data for the chart, create a line chart, and then format the chart to remove the markers.
• You can use advanced techniques to create more visually appealing and informative bump charts.