Create a simple bubble plot

You can create a simple bubble plot to examine the relationship between three variables.

For example, this bubble plot shows the Combined MPG vs the Total Volume for automobiles at a dealership. The bubble size represents the retail price.

To create a simple bubble plot, you must use a worksheet that contains three columns of measurement data with the same number of rows.

Example worksheet

C1 C2 C3
Combined MPG Total Volume Retail ($1000)
19.25 187.0 31.3
25.50 132.3 31.0
39.55 132.3 35.6
... ... ...
  1. Choose Graph > Bubble Plot.
  2. Choose Simple, then click OK.
  3. Under Y variable, enter a column of Y-values. In the example, Total Volume is the y variable.
  4. Under X variable, enter a column of X-values. In the example, Combined MPG is the x variable.
  5. Under Bubble size variable, enter a column of values to determine the bubble size. In the example, Retail ($1000) is the bubble size variable.
  6. Click OK.
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