Learn How to Create or Make Excel Scatter Plots

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In this blog, learn how to make a scatter plot in excel and you will able to make excel scatter plots at the end of the blog. Choosing the right type of chart or graph can be key to convey the most important insights into your data—on sight.

scatter plot in excel

When do you want to dig a little deeper into some data, but not quite sure how – or if – different pieces of information relate?

Scatter plots are an effective way to give you a sense of trends, concentrations, and outliers that will direct you to where you want to focus your investigation efforts further.

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Scatter Plot is one of the most interesting and useful forms of data analysis.

A scatter diagram (also known as a scatter plot) is a graphical representation of the relationship between two variables. It helps us visualize the apparent relationship between two variables that are plotted in pairs

When to Use a Scatter Diagram in Excel?

Investigating the relationship between different variables.
Examples: Male versus the female likelihood of having lung cancer at different ages, shipping costs of different product categories to different regions, etc.

scatter plot in excel

A scatter chart plots the values for two variables as a set of points on a graph.

One variable controls the position on the x-axis of a point, while the other variable controls the position on the y-axis. Let us see the example

Case Study

To find the relation between the number of years people spend in education and their salaries.
When we look at the raw data it is hard to find what’s going on, so we will use them to create a scatter chart.

scatter plot in excel

How to Make a Scatter Plot in Excel

To create or make Scatter Plots in Excel you have to follow below step by step process,

  1. Select all the cells that contain data
  2. Click on the Insert tab
  3. Look for Charts group
  4. Under Chart group, you will find Scatter (X, Y) Chart
scatter plot in excel

5. Click the arrow to see the different types of scattering and bubble charts

scatter plot in excel

6. You can pause the pointer on the icons to see the preview in your document

7. Click on Scatter Chart

scatter plot in excel

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8. On Clicking, you will see the scatter chart.

scatter plot - chart elements

9. You can quickly edit the chart by clicking the icons available on the right side of the chart

We can make this relationship, even more, clearer by using trend lines.

chart tools for scatter plot

Using Trendlines In Scatter Charts in Excel

Trend lines mark out the trend in the data.

To display a trend line in our scatter chart

1. Select the Chart

The moment you select the chart, Design and Format tab appears

scatter plot

2. Go to Design

3. Look for “Add Chart Element”

4. Click on the drop-down and you will see various types of elements which you can add to a chart

scatter plot

5. Look for Trendline

6. Click on the drop-down of Trendline
Various trend line options are available. You can hover the mouse over it to see a preview in the chart

7. I will click on the Linear option
On Clicking, the trend line has appeared in the chart.
This Trendline helps us understand the data better, but we can also add more useful information.
It represents a linear equation and we can make that equation displayed on the chart, if we wish to.

more trendline options

With the chart selected,

8. Click on the trend button again

9. Go to Design

10. Click on “Add Chart element”

11. Now, Click on “Trendline”

12. Then, Click on “More trendline options”

trendline options for scatter plot

13. Click on ‘More trend line options’, you will see ‘Format trendline” on the right side of your excel.

scatter plot

14. Scroll this down to see “Display equation on the chart”

scatter plot

15. Click on “Display equation on chart”

16. On Clicking, an equation is showed on the chart.

Conclusion: You must have learned how to create a scatter plot in excel, by given example.

So, that was the Excel Scatter Plot. Hope you liked it. Don’t forget to comment on your take on Scatter Plot.

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