Custom Parallel Coordinate

I saw this cool parallel coordinate chart in the Guardian on the heptathlon in the Rio Olympics. Displaying multi-variate data is tricky. A traditional parallel coordinate chart is some times difficult to read with the high number of overlapping lines. This new approach, which I have re--created with 2017 Madden ratings data in Tableau, allows you to see every point on parallel axes and then view the relative position of each point for a selected player. The correlation between variables is not as immediately apparent but it is easier to see a specific data point across variables.


  1. Wow - this is a really cool parallel coordinate and some great techniques! Love the applied hover effect and how focusing on top 3 is made easy and intuitive! It took me a little time to figure out the varied bar heights. Creating an extra dummy header there would allow for narrowing the columns thereby making their heights more distinctive - just an idea:)

  2. Adam, I know you are not a fan of doing write ups and how to's. However, I am really interested in using this idea for something that I am currently working on.

    Do you have any suggestions/ideas where I might find a write up on building a parallel coordinate chart and how the x,y,y paths are helping to build the visualization?

    Thank you for this visualization. It is beautiful and useful in so many different areas.


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