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Create a Variable Width Bar Chart AKA Cascade Chart


Published: 31 Jul 2017
Last Modified Date: 14 Aug 2017

Question

How to create a variable width bar chart where the bars are touching, also known as a variable width histogram, cascade chart, or Marimekko chart.

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Environment

  • Tableau Desktop

Answer

Graph the bars on a continuous axis of the running sum of the measure used on Size to define the width of the bars.

The attached example workbook uses the sample data set Superstore to demonstrate the following directions:

  1. Drag [City] to the Filters shelf

  2. In the Filter dialog, check only "Austin" and click OK

  3. Drag [Sales] to the Rows shelf

  4. Drag [Customer Name] to Label on the marks card

  5. Drag [Quantity] to Size on the marks card

  6. Drag [Quantity] to the Columns shelf

  7. Right-click SUM(Quantity) on the Columns shelf and select Quick Table Calculation > Running Total

  8. Right-click SUM(Quantity) on the Columns shelf and select Compute Using > Customer Name

  9. On the marks card, in the mark type dropdown select Bar

  10. Click Size, and do the following:

    • Select Fixed
    • For Alignment, select Right
  11. Right-click [Customer Name] on Label and select Sort…

  12. In the Sort dialog, so the following and click OK:

    • For Sort by, select Field
    • In the dropdown menu, select Sales
  13. Right-click SUM(Quantity) on the Columns shelf and uncheck Show Header.

Additional Information

Only a continuous axis will allow the bars to touch.
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