This Excel tutorial guides you through the process of inserting and formatting a Radar Chart, also known as a Spider Chart or Web Chart.
Inserting a Spider Chart
Select all the data cells. In this example, we’ll choose cells from A3 to E8.
Find and click on the radar chart symbol. Then, choose one of the radar chart types that suits your data.
Our Radar Chart:
How to read a Spider Chart?
A Radar Chart differs from regular Excel charts, so it’s crucial to understand how to interpret a spider chart.
- each corner of the spider chart represents different category of sells
- webs (lines) represent weekly values
- the further from the center of the chart the higher sales
Creating Radar Charts in VBA
Radar charts in Excel can be customized and created dynamically using VBA, providing you with powerful tools for data visualization.
Below is a sample VBA code that demonstrates how to create a radar chart based on data in Excel:
Sub CreateRadarChart() Dim Chart As ChartObject Dim DataRange As Range Dim ChartRange As Range Dim RadarChart As ChartObject ' Define the data range Set DataRange = ThisWorkbook.Sheets("Sheet1").Range("A1:E6") ' Adjust the sheet and range as needed ' Create a radar chart Set RadarChart = ThisWorkbook.Sheets("Sheet1").ChartObjects.Add(Left:=100, Width:=375, Top:=75, Height:=225) ' Adjust the position and size ' Set the data range for the radar chart Set ChartRange = DataRange ChartRange.Select ' Create the radar chart ActiveSheet.Shapes.AddChart2(251, xlRadarMarkers).Select Set Chart = ActiveChart.Parent Chart.Top = RadarChart.Top Chart.Left = RadarChart.Left Chart.Width = RadarChart.Width Chart.Height = RadarChart.Height ' Format the radar chart as needed With ActiveChart .ChartTitle.Text = "Radar Chart Example" ' Add other formatting options here End With End Sub
This code will create a radar chart on your Excel sheet based on the specified data range. You can modify the code to fit your specific data and formatting requirements.
With VBA, you have the flexibility to create radar charts dynamically, automate chart generation, and make your data visualization tasks more efficient and customized to your needs.
Advantages of Radar Chart
There are a few exceptional advantages of radar charts which you may concider during the data type choise for your data:
- radar chart is excellent to compare two different webs of values (eg. features of two different products)
- can show many information for 2-4 different categories and still remain informative
- this is very well chart to make the decision between two-four different set of values
An Example: I used to play managerial computer games and remember using radar charts to decide which football player to buy. In this scenario, the green web appears much better. His Defending, Speed, Vision, and Attacking skills surpass those in the blue web. You might only consider the skills of the blue footballer if you need Aerial skills or for other factors not visible in the chart (e.g., price, age, etc.).
Similarly, when comparing products for advertising, companies for mergers, or employees for promotion using a Spider Chart, these advantages can help you make informed decisions.