Parallel Categories Diagram

Sep 13, 2021

Parallel Categories Diagram

Parallel plot or parallel coordinates plot allows to compare the feature of several individual observations (series) on a set of numeric variables. Each vertical bar represents a variable and often has its own scale. (The units can even be different). Values are then plotted as series of lines connected across each axis.

A parallel plot allows to study the features of samples for several quantitative variables. Its strength is that the variables can even be completely different: different ranges and even different uni

Thus Visualization of the restaurant bills of a sample of 244 people. Hovering over a category rectangle (sex, smoker, etc) displays a tooltip with the number of people with that single trait. Hovering over a ribbon in the diagram displays a tooltip with the number of people with a particular combination of the five traits connected by the ribbon.

Combinations of category rectangles across dimensions are connected by ribbons, where the height of the ribbon corresponds to the relative frequency of occurrence of the combination of categories in the data set.