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Optional settings for time series widgets

Optional settings for time series widgets

Time series widgets have the following optional settings for display, for the date range, and for the axis labels.

Setting Description
Date Settings
The date settings are available only if Previous period chart is not selected.
Period Select the date range to display in the widget. Several options are available.
  • Select a specific time range. The default is 3m (3 months).
  • Select max to use scores up to the current date.
  • Select between and then fill in the From and To fields to define a time period.
The Period field is available only if you select Line, Spline, Column, Area, Step, Stacked Column, or Relative Compare as the Visualization
Show date range selector Display a date range selector on the widget that enables users to change the selected period from a dashboard.
Note: Selecting a date range on a widget does not update the trend line.
Axis Settings
Y-axis title Specify a title to display on the vertical axis of the chart.
Y-axis from Specify the starting point for the range of values for the vertical axis of the chart.
Y-axis to Specify the ending point for the range of values for the vertical axis of the chart.
2nd Y-axis title Specify a secondary title to display on the vertical axis of the chart.
2nd Y-axis from Specify the starting point for a 2nd range of values for the vertical axis of the chart.

The 2nd Y-axis can be used if scores normally move between a limited range, but you have some exceptions that would otherwise distort the chart, such as a range of 40 to 60, with an exception of 1000.

2nd Y-axis to Specify the ending point for a 2nd range of values for the vertical axis of the chart.
Display Settings
Show target Compare the scores of this chart with the target scores, if defined. This field appears only if Previous period chart is not selected.
Show thresholds Display thresholds such as an all time high or an all time low. Thresholds appear only if they have been defined for this indicator.
Show data labels Display the score for each portion of the chart, such as for each slice of a pie chart.
Show trend Display the trend line. This field appears only if Previous period chart is not selected.
Show confidence bands Display confidence bands in this chart. For information about how the confidence band is calculated, see Widget confidence bands.
Show forecast Display forecast data in the chart based on current trend data.
Show comments Display comments added to data points in the chart.
Previous Period Settings
Previous period settings are available only if Previous period chart is selected.
Range of periods Select the range of periods to compare with the current period,
Number of periods Specify the number of previous periods to display.

Widget confidence bands

The visible points of the trend line are used to calculate the confidence band. If you increase the date range, the bands are recalculated using the trend for the new date range.

First, the confidence bands are calculated using the standard error of the trend. The width of the band depends on the number of points that are included in the calculation and the mean of the scores. If the standard error is low, the trend line is shown to be accurate. As the number of points decreases, or outliers are recorded, the confidence band widens. The confidence of the trend is less certain with fewer data points or with volatile scores.