Various graphical views are available whenever a tabulation or correlation/regression analysis is performed, and when a tabular (cube) dataset is selected. In some cases maps may also be available, but that is dependent on the host organisation making them available for their datasets.

Bar chart bar-graph

The options available depend on the number and type of variables in the table. All variables and categories currently in the table are displayed in the graph.

Large tables may not be able to be graphed. If this is the case a message will be displayed. Please try moving one or more variables/dimensions to layers and selecting your graphing option again.

If the configuration is turned on to allow resizing which by default is turned off, then one can change the scale of a graph (where appropriate) by entering the values into the boxes below the graph and click Change. To return to the default setting click Reset.

Time series graph line graph

The time series graph is only available when a time variable/dimension is present in a table, for example, a 'year' variable. For this option to become available, 'Time' variables/dimensions have to be identified as such within Nesstar Publisher.

Scatterplot scatterplot

A scatterplot is available for regression analyses and will be available instead of the time series icon.

Map map 

This option is available if a survey dataset or cube has been published with a link to a map. When using survey data, the spatial variable must be used within a crosstabulation before the map can be displayed. Once a map has been produced, the variable/dimension boxes above the map will indicate the information currently displayed.

The spatial areas identified in the table will be shown in the map. If there are two or more levels of geography in the table, e.g. Country and Region, a map may be available for each level. Use the variable/dimension box to select the required level.

Map legend

The number of groups within the legend can be changed by selecting a different 'Number of groups' using the selectors under the legend.

It is also possible to change the size of the groups or intervals: Choose 'Equally sized groups' for groups to contain the same number of regions. Choose 'Equally sized intervals' (default) for the range of the data (from low to high values) is divided into equally sized groups.


The Zoom function will zoom in on a part of a map. Choose 'Zoom' and while holding the mouse button down, draw a box around your area of interest. When the button is released the selected area will be displayed in more detail.


Pan is useful if you wish to explore areas that are not currently visible on the screen, especially after using zoom. Click and hold one of the corners of the map. Whilst holding the mouse button down you can now drag the map in different directions. Release the mouse button to view the results.