Amazon QuickSight
User Guide

Using Combo Charts

Amazon QuickSight supports the following types of combo charts:

  • Clustered bar combo chart

  • Stacked bar combo chart

These are also known as line and column charts.

Use the combo chart visual types to create a single visualization that shows two different types of data. These two types are individually best suited to a line chart and a bar chart. The difference between these two types can work well for comparing two sets of data, for example trends and categorical data.

On the clustered bar combo chart, bars display for each child dimension, grouped by the parent dimension. On the stacked bar combo chart, one bar displays per parent dimension. Inside each bar, colors show the relative values of each item in the child dimension. Both types of combo chart require only one dimension on the X axis, but are usually more effective when also displaying at least one measure under Lines.

The combo chart is like using two different types of visualization at the same time. You should make sure the data in the bars (or columns) directly relates to the data in the line or lines. This relationship is not technically enforced by the tool, so it's essential that you determine this relationship yourself. Without some relation between the lines and bars, the visual loses meaning.

You can use the combo chart visual type to create a single-measure or single-line chart. A single-measure combo chart shows one measure for one dimension.

To create a multi-measure chart, you can choose to add multiple lines, or multiple bars. A multi-measure bar chart shows two or more measures for one dimension. You can group the bars in clusters, or stack them.

For the bars, use a dimension for the axis and a measure for the value. The dimension is typically a text field that is related to the measure in some way and can be used to segment it to see more detailed information. Each bar in the chart represents a measure value for an item in the dimension you chose.

Bars and lines show up to 2500 data points on the axis for visuals that don't use group/color. For visuals that do use group/color, bars show up to 50 data points on the axis and up to 50 data points for group/color, while lines show 200 data points on the axis and up to 25 data points for group/color. For more information about how we handle data that falls outside display limits, see Display Limits in Visuals.

A clustered bar chart shows values for a dimension grouped by a parent dimension. A stacked bar combo chart shows values for a dimension stacked by parent dimension. Combo charts use a scale based on the maximum value for the selected measure.

The icons for combo charts are as follows.

Combo Chart Features

Use the following table to understand the features supported by combo charts.

Feature Supported? Comments For More Information
Changing the legend display Yes, with exceptions Multi-measure combo charts display a legend, and single-measure combo charts don't. Customizing the Visual Legend
Changing the title display Yes Customizing a Visual Title
Changing the axis range Yes You can set the range for the axis. Changing the Visual Scale with the Axis Range
Changing the visual colors Yes Changing Visual Colors in Amazon QuickSight
Focusing on or excluding elements Yes, with exceptions You can focus on or exclude any bar on the chart, except when you are using a date field as the dimension for the axis. In that case, you can only focus on a bar, not exclude it.

Focusing on Visual Elements

Excluding Visual Elements

Sorting Yes You can sort on the fields you choose for the axis and the values. Sorting Visual Data in Amazon QuickSight
Field aggregation Yes You must apply aggregation to the field or fields you choose for the value. You can't apply aggregation to the fields you choose for the axis or group/color. Changing Field Aggregation
Adding drill-downs Yes You can add drill-down levels to the axis and Group/Color field wells. Adding Drill-Downs to Visual Data in Amazon QuickSight

Creating a Combo Chart

Use the following procedure to create a combo chart.

  1. On the analysis page, choose Visualize on the tool bar.

  2. Choose Add on the application bar, and then choose Add visual.

  3. On the Visual types pane, choose one of the combo chart icons.

  4. From the Fields list pane, drag the fields that you want to use to the appropriate field wells. Typically, you want to use dimension or measure fields as indicated by the target field well. If you choose to use a dimension field as a measure, the Count aggregate function is automatically applied to it to create a numeric value. You can create combo charts as follows:

    • Choose a dimension for the X axis.

    • To create a single-measure combo chart, choose one measure for either Bars or Lines.

    • To create a multi-measure combo chart, choose two or more measures for the Bars or Lines field well.

    • Optionally, add a dimension to the Group/Color field well. If you have a field in Group/Color, you can't have more than one field under Bars.

  5. (Optional) Add drill-down layers by dragging one or more additional fields to the X axis or Group/Color field wells. For more information about adding drill-downs, see Adding Drill-Downs to Visual Data in Amazon QuickSight.