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The Relation map – Correlation visualized


Relation map


Always comes up the question: is there any relation between the factors in my data? If you see the data, table or spreadsheet it’s hard to see connections and say how strong they are. In that point, the relation map comes for your help. All the columns are shown on the map and all the relations are visible at the same time. Not just the strong and positive but the weak and negative relations are also shown.

The build-up

Now let’s have a closer look on the map. Each small bubble represents one of your columns with the original icon (remember, you can change this icon on the smart data view site by clicking on the icon, or on the settings menu under the 3 dots on the top of the column). Some bubbles are closer to each other and they form a small group. It represents the strength of their relation.

relation map

Move your cursor over a bubble and it shows all of the relation lines to the other factors. The thicker the lines, the stronger the correlation between them. The colors are also important. The white and thin means weak, the red and thick means strong correlation between the columns.


What happens if you click on the line? A one-click magic. If you click on a line between two icons then you will get charts based on the data of the two columns. If you want to get back on relation map just close the window by clicking on “X”.

Zoom in and out is a great help to find the covered icons on the map. If you zoomed in you can grab the map with the cursor and move it all direction just like on the big picture.

If you want to see the relation of certain columns just highlight them on the left sidebar. There you can search as well.  After selecting more than 4 columns, you will get a new relation map which includes only the selected data.

relation map


As you can see, with the help of the relation map it’s very easy to explore relations between the factors in your data. It helps you to find the strongest relations and also shows you the weak ones. Sometimes that connection is the weakest that you thought earlier the strongest.  The relation map always comes for your help in that kind of situations. We recommend it to analyze the result of your survey and explore therelations between the answers fast and easy.

On our Data Market you can find a free sample dataset (Young people survey) that you can download after a free registration. Use it to see how the relation map works.

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