Ternary Bubble Plots

Click the Home | New Graph | Ternary | Ternary Bubble Plot command to represent relative percentages in a three component system. Ternary diagrams are frequently used in chemistry and earth sciences to illustrate rock classification schemes and depict chemical compositions on phase diagrams. A ternary bubble scatter plot is a ternary plot with symbols for each location based on a required fourth value (Size column). Ternary bubble plots display an additional property in the plot by varying the relative size of the symbols.

Click the Ternary Bubble Plot button to create the bubble plot.

You can add a line connecting the points in a ternary bubble plot. The line connects the data in the order it appears in the data file. To add a line, open the Connecting Line tab in the Property Manager, and then select a line style other than Invisible.

2D Bubble plot
Bubble plots show X, Y, and Z variables. The Z variable is
displayed as the bubble size.

Creating a New Ternary Bubble Plot

To create a ternary bubble plot:

  1. Click the Home | New Graph | Ternary | Ternary Bubble Plot command.
  2. Select a data file in the Open Worksheet dialog. You can select a new data file or you can select an open data file in the Open worksheets section.
  3. Click the Open button. A bubble plot is created using the default properties.

Editing Ternary Bubble Plot Properties

To change the features of a ternary bubble plot, including the columns used to create the plot, first select the ternary bubble plot in the plot window or Object Manager and then edit its properties in the Property Manager.

Click the following tabs in the Property Manager to change different properties:


Data Limits





See Also

Reading Ternary Diagrams

Ternary Line, Scatter, and Line/Scatter Plots

Ternary Class Scatter Plot

Add Plots

Class Scatter Plot

Polar Class Scatter Plot

XYZ Class Scatter Plot

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