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See tag usage as a bar or line chart

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Last updated June 25, 2018

Screenshot of a bar chart in Dovetail

Understand your project at a glance by combining the power of tag highlights on qualitative data with a quantitative visualization as a bar chart or line chart.

In a project, click Charts to get started.

Chart metrics

Screenshot of the metric dropdown

Dovetail’s charts can show three metrics, each of which give you a slightly different perspective on your data.

  • Highlights by tag. This shows the total count of highlights created on notes. For example, if you have 6 notes and across those notes you’ve added 14 highlights, this would show 14.
  • Notes by tag. This is very similar to highlights by tag however it will only count an highlight at most once per note. Using the example above, this would show 6 rather than 14.
  • Tagged text volume. This shows the total character count per highlight. If your data is customer interview transcripts or user feedback, this metric can be useful to help you get an understanding of how much importance the subject places on this topic.

Bar chart

Screenshot of a bar chart in Dovetail

The bar chart is the default visualization. It displays your selected metric at the current point in time. On the bar chart, tags are interactive – just click on a bar to open that tag, however, note that bars showing groups are not interactive.

Line chart

Screenshot of a line chart in Dovetail

The line chart is historical. It shows your selected metric over time. This can help you see changes in your data over time.

For example, if you’re collecting user feedback, the line chart lets you keep track of increases or decreases in feature requests, or customer satisfaction through automatic sentiment analysis.


Screenshot of a cursor over the expand / collapse button

To the right of the chart is the legend which is also an interactive filter.

By default, the chart will display bars or lines for each group of tags, determined by how you’ve organized your tags in the project’s Tags tab. These lines are roll-ups and add together all of the data from the tags inside the group.

Click the expand button to the right of a group to expand the group, then click Select all to show lines or bars for all the tags within the group. From here, you can also select or deselect individual tags to show on the chart.

Data visualization options

Screenshot of a cursor over the inherit color button

There are several toggles to change how your data is presented. These can be found near the top right of the chart, above the legend / filters.

  • Use color from tag / group. By default, chart colors come from a pre-determined array. This setting overrides that behavior and colors the lines or bars according to the actual color of your tag or group.
  • Use smoothed interpolation. Line chart only. This switches between ‘jagged’ lines and ‘curvy’ lines. This one’s great for taking nice screenshots!
  • Use square root Y axis. Line chart only. This switches between a linear axis and a square root axis. This improves readability with low volumes of data.
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