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Bubble Charts

A BubbleChart is a two dimensional representation of three dimensional data on an XYPlot, where the xy values are drawn as a circle with a radius representing the zVal.


Basic Usage

The first step in creating a BubbleChart is to define the data to be plotted. We'll start by creating an instance of BubbleSeries:

Using the implicit iVal for x:

BubbleSeries series1 = new BubbleSeries(
    Arrays.asList(new Number[]{3, 5, 2, 3, 6}),        // xCoordinate
    Arrays.asList(new Number[]{1, 5, 2, 2, 3}), "s1"); // yCoordinate

Or it's equivalent four argument counterpart:

BubbleSeries bubbleSeries = new BubbleSeries(
    Arrays.asList(new Number[]{0, 1, 2, 3, 4}),        // xCoordinate
    Arrays.asList(new Number[]{3, 5, 2, 3, 6}),        // yCoordinate
    Arrays.asList(new Number[]{1, 5, 2, 2, 3}),        // zVal (corresponds to radius) 

Next, create a Formatter defining the fill and outline colors of the bubbles:

// draw bubbles with a green fill and white outline:
BubbleFormatter formatter = new BubbleFormatter(Color.GREEN, Color.WHITE)

Finally, add the BubbleSeries to our plot as you would any other XYSeries instance:

plot.addSeries(bubbleSeries, formatter);


By default, BubbleRenderer scales each rendered bubble radius using the square root of it's corresponding zVal, preventing apparent size differences in each bubble radius from being visually misleading. See:

If you'd prefer to use a linear scale:



Check out the bubble chart example source for a full source example of a bubble chart.