Pie Chart


The pie chart is a diagram which displays data in which a circle is divided into segments or slices or pies which are proportional or relative to the quantities they represent. This tool can only be used for numerical (as opposed to categorical) variables


The inputs for the Pie Chart Tool are shown below (and in the subsequent image):

To run this tool we will use it to view the total dwelling counts in mesh blocks in Darwin City. To do this:

  • Select Darwin SA2 as your area
  • Select MB Mesh Blocks 2011 Census for Australia as your dataset, selecting all variables
  • Open the Pie Chart tool (Tools → Charts → Pie Chart) and enter the parameters as they appear below (the are also explained below the image
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  • Dataset Input: Select a dataset that contains the variables of interest. Here we select MB Mesh Blocks 2011 Census for Australia
  • Variable: The variable you want to examine. Here we select Total Dwelling Count 2011
  • Use Variable Title: Here you select if you want “human readable” variable names
  • Chart Title: A title for your Pie Chart.
  • Legend: Specify whether you would like to show the legend of your output graph.
  • Legend Label Format: Select a format for the legend. This must be one of percentage, frequency or proportion.
  • Greyscale: Specify whether you would like your graph to be grey-scale (checked) or colour (unchecked).

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Once you have run the analysis, click Add and Run to execute the tool.


Once your analysis has run, click the Display button that appears on the pop up dialogue. This will open up your chart. It should look something like the image shown below

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