How to Create Tableau Bullet Chart?

A bullet chart is a type of chart that is used to compare the value of one measure with another measure. It is a variation of Bar chart which aids in the finding of the difference in the first measure within a range of differences in the second measure. It is like two bars drawn simultaneously to represent their values at the same position in the chart. In a nutshell, it can be said as combining two figures as one to view a similar result easily.

Creating Bullet Graph

To create and visualize the difference between two measures via Bullet Chart, the following are the steps:

  • Open the Tableau Desktop and connect to your data source.
  • Pull and drop the dimension field (here we have taken Direction) from the data pane into the column shelf.

Tableau Bullet Chart

 

  • Drag and drop the two or more measures (here we have taken Sales) to the Rows shelf.

Tableau Bullet Chart

 

  • The given-below graph appears which displays the two measures as two separate categories of bar charts, each representing the values for their measures. You will notice that the dimensions have swapped.

Tableau Bullet Chart

 

  • You can also swap the reference bars by clicking the swap rows and columns options. And you will have the following result.

Tableau Bullet Chart

 

  • From the Show Me tab present in the upper-right corner of the pane, select the Bullet Graph image.

Tableau Bullet Chart

 

  • After choosing the bullet graph option, you will notice that Tableau has automatically dragged the sales measure to the Marks card. The following chart shows the bullet graph.

Tableau Bullet Chart

 

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