Using the Date Graph

How to use graphic visualization to analyze and filter your chronology.

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Written by Meg Hall
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Your Facts page includes a data visualization tool that enables you to see trends in your case and helps you navigate your chronology from a macro level.

For example, say that you want to focus on a certain time frame. Simply click on the graph at the start of the period, drag it to the end of the period, and release. The graph will then zoom in, updating both what you see in the graph and the facts listed below. 

In cases with lots of facts, the graph has another very handy feature. As you scroll through the facts, you'll see a transparent pink bar appear over the section of the graph that corresponds to your current scroll position. As you scroll down, the bar will move to the right, and as you scroll up, the bar will move to the left. 

If you want to jump to a particular date (rather than scroll to it), single-click on the graph at the date you'd like to pull up, and the graph will take you to that date.

The date graph also helps you see when various issues appear in your timeline. All you need to do is assign colors to issue tags, and the graph will include a line or shaded area representing the number of facts tagged with each issue in each interval of time.

Note that all of the graph functionality can be used with or without fact filters.

To access the graph, click the "show graph" icon, then select from one of three different styles: 

Area Graph

Use the area graph to see a visualization of the issue tags in relation to dates and facts. Note that only color-coded issue tags will appear.

Bar Graph

The bar graph shows the number of facts in relation to the date. Use this to see a bird's eye view of how the facts are spread across the case timeline and to be able to quickly hone in on certain time frames. 

Line Graph

The line graph also generates a visualization of the issue tags in relation to dates and facts. Like the area graph, only issue tags that have been color-coded will appear.

For more information on reporting options that include a visual timeline, click here.

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