Viewing a 3D scatterplot

Use a 3D scatterplot to explore the potential relationships among three variables. When you create a 3D scatterplot, you usually display predictor variables on the x-axis and the y-axis and the response variable on the z-axis. For example, you may want to examine how temperature and humidity affect the drying time of paint, or how horsepower and tire pressure affect a vehicle's fuel efficiency.

You can rotate a 3D scatterplot to view it from different angles. This allows you to more thoroughly explore the relationships among the variables.
Original 3D scatterplot
Rotated 3D scatterplot

How to rotate a 3D scatterplot

Use the 3D Graph Tools toolbar to rotate 3D graphs. By default, this toolbar only appears when a 3D scatterplot, 3D surface plot, or 3D wireframe plot is active.

  1. Click the 3D scatterplot to activate it.
  2. If the 3D Graph Tools toolbar is not visible, choose Tools > Toolbars > 3D Graph Tools.
  3. Use the following buttons on the 3D Graph Tools toolbar to rotate the graph. Click a button once to rotate the graph in small increments. Click and hold a button for continuous rotation.
    Toolbar item Action
    Rotate the graph clockwise or counterclockwise about the x-axis.
    Rotate the graph clockwise or counterclockwise about the y-axis.
    Rotate the graph clockwise or counterclockwise about the z-axis.
    Return the graph to its original position and zoom.
    Note

    When you click a button, a preview window pops up to show exactly how the graph will spin.

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