# What is this graph called?

Sorry for the game-image link, I've wondered what this diamond-shaped graph is called for some time, any idea what type of chart/graph this is?

• I'm confused how the example you give is a "data-visualization" at all, do you perhaps have a screen shot where the values very between the spokes? Jan 23, 2013 at 2:23
• Your example would have conveyed more if all the stats hadn't been the same. It's one of these - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radar_chart - Excel will do these, as will numerous other pieces of software. It's a wrapped-around version of this Jan 23, 2013 at 2:44

## 3 Answers

It is a Radar Chart or Spider chart or Circular Area Chart

Here a list of some charts and when to commonly use it

• Thanks for your reply, it does seem to be what I am looking for, but there seems to be a lot of confusion between 'circular area' and pie charts. Is there another name for it that is more known? Jan 22, 2013 at 22:46
• Radar Chart, I updated my answer
– ThiS
Jan 22, 2013 at 22:51
• This comment doesn't impact on your answer as an answer to the question, but your link doesn't show all possible charts... for example boxplots, mosaic plots, biplots just for starters are all missing. If you want a comprehensive view of all charts it's probably better to think in terms of principles rather than enumerating them all - the "grammar of graphics" is a good start. Jan 23, 2013 at 6:06
• You're right, my bad. I changed the title to not mislead people.
– ThiS
Jan 23, 2013 at 7:57

Doesn't really help you with your question, but perhaps some1 might be interested in it:

I once wrote a R-function to create this kind of graph used to visualize clustering solutions. The code is available at https://github.com/neuhier/R-Stuff -> Netchart.R. And here is how you might use it:

require(flexclust)
d = data(dentitio)
clustering = kcca(dentitio, 3)
netchart(dentitio[,-1], clustering@cluster)


Guess its not elegant, but it works. :-)

I don't know what it's called, but it is essentially a parallel coordinates plot, with the dimensions splayed out from a hexagon instead of in a row.