How to Create a Spider Chart

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Part 1: What is a Spider Chart?

Spider charts are used to perform a multivariable comparison or analysis. It is best used when there are multiple variables and corresponding data points. You plot the data points clockwise and join the points with grid lines to create a polygon. Comparisons between multiple groups can be made by overlapping the polygons over each other.

Spider charts allow for quick, visual presentation of data. This can facilitate the analysis of data. In addition, you are able to compare a large range of variables against each other, and anomalies or outliers can be quickly identified.

The "spider chart" can commonly be used by management consultants to show their clients how an organization compares with its competitors. It can also be used as the control of quality improvement to display any ongoing program's performance metrics. Furthermore, it is also being used in sports to chart players' strengths and weaknesses. So far as we can see, the spider has a broad application area.

spider chart with data

Part 2: How to Make a Spider Chart

Step 1: Open EdrawMax from your computer, and navigate to [New] > [Graphs and Charts] > [Spider and Radar].

Open EdrawMax

Step 2.1: Choose a pre-made template from the template gallery and open it. You will see the diagram on the canvas with a lot of editing tools on the top menus and right panes.

open template

Step 2.2: After you open a blank spider chart template or insert one on the canvas, you can import the data by uploading files or pasting the data on the windows. The arrangement of your data file (XLSX or CSV) should be like the example below.

chart data pane

Step 3: You are able to save and export the chart to graphics(JPG, PNG), PDF, editable MS Office file format, SVG and Visio vsdx file format when you finish the design.

save and export file in EdrawMax

Step 4: You can also share your spider chart with others via social media or sharing links. In addition, you can publish your chart into EdrawMax's online template gallery.

share and publish file in EdrawMax


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Part 3: Spider Chart Examples

Example 1: Performance Appraisal Spider Chart

Performance Appraisal Spider Chart

Example 2: Score Analysis Radar Chart

Score Analysis Radar Chart

Example 3: Software Comparison Spider Chart

Software Comparison Spider Chart

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