How to Create Scatter Plot Matrix in Excel (With Easy Steps)

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Scatter Plot Matrix is very handy to compare the bivariate relations of multiple variables. In this article, I will demonstrate how to create a Scatter Plot Matrix in Excel with very simple steps.

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What is Scatter Plot Matrix?

Suppose you have a dataset of multiple variables. If you want to compare the relationship of each 2 variables of the dataset, you need to create a Matrix where every possible combination of bivariate variables is present. Now, in Excel, you can just create a Scatter Chart of each set of bivariate variables. Then arrange the scattered chart in a Matrix form. Therefore, you got your Scatter Plot Matrix. It is very functional in Statistical analysis.

How to Create Scatter Plot Matrix in Excel: with Easy Steps

It is straightforward to plot Scatter Plot Matrix in Excel. I will Insert the Scatter Chart into my dataset to create a Scatter Plot in Excel. Later the chart will be resized and readjusted so that I can use it to create the Matrix. So, let’s go through the process quickly.

Step-01: Create a Dataset

In the first place, you need a dataset with multiple variables. I have a dataset here representing the Monthly Average Weather Data of New York City. Moreover, the dataset has 3 variables. Those are Month, Avg. Temperature, and Humidity.

Dataset of Monthly Average Weather Data of NY

Step-02: Insert Scatter Chart

This step will introduce a Scatter Chart with a selected array.

  • First, select the columns Month and Temperature.
  • Next, click on Insert.
  • Then, choose the Charts option.

Inserting Charts

  • Afterward, from Charts select the Scatter one.
  • Finally, click on the 1st type from Scatter Charts option.

Inserting Scatter chart

  • Accordingly, you will get the Scatter Chart with selected columns.

Scatter Chart of Avg. Temperature

Step-03: Remove Chart Title and Gridlines

To make the chart clean and prominent, I will remove the Gridlines and Chart Title.

  • Initially, click on the + sign at the top right corner of the Scatter Chart.
  • Notice that there is a tick beside the Gridlines option.

Removing Gridlines from Scatter Chart

  • Now, uncheck Gridlines.
  • As a result, you can see that Gridlines from the chart have vanished.

Output of removing Gridlines from Scatter Chart

  • Besides, I will delete the Chart Title as I will add Labels after completing the Matrix.
  • Again, click the + sign at the top right corner of the Scatter Chart.
  • Chart Elements will appear.
  • At this point, uncheck the Chart Title.

Removing Chart Title from Scatter Chart

  • Consequently, the Chart Title has disappeared.

Scatter Chart without Gridlines and Chart Title

Step-04: Change Minimum Axis Bound

In this step I will readjust the Bound Maximum and Minimum value in Format Axis Pane.

  • In the first place, select the Vertical Axis of the Chart which is also marked in the snapshot.

Selecting Vertical Axis in Scatter Chart

  • Later, right-click on the selected Vertical Axis.
  • From the options, hit the Format Axis option.

Format Axis Option in Scatter Chart

  • Thus, Format Axis Pane has opened.
  • Here, Bounds Minimum is set as 0, and the Maximum is set as 90.0.

Format Axis Pane

  • Since in my dataset, the range of values for Temperature is 40-80, I will reset the Minimum value as 40.0 and the Maximum value as 80.0.

Changing Bounds Maximum and Minimum value in Format Axis Pane

  • Finally, hit Enter and eventually the Maximum and Minimum value of the Axis is changed, and this step makes the chart more relevant.

Scatter Chart after changing Bound value

  • Similarly, change the Bounds value for the Horizontal Axis.
  • To start, click on the Horizontal Axis marked in the picture.

Selecting Horizontal Axis of Scatter Chart

  • Secondly, right-click on the Horizontal Axis.
  • Accordingly, choose the Format Axis option.

Choosing Format Axis option

  • Now, the Format Axis Pane is visible.
  • You must Reset the Minimum and Maximum values according to your dataset value.

Format Axis Pane Showing Bounds value

  • As my dataset has only 6 Months, I will Reset the Maximum value to 0.
  • Please follow your dataset to find the Maximum and Minimum values and Reset accordingly.

Changing Maximum value Bounds in Format Axis Pane

  • In conclusion, both of your Axis Bounds are adjusted after following the steps.

Scatter Chart after adjusting the Bounds Maximum and Minimum value

Read More: How to Create a 3D Scatter Plot in Excel

Step-05: Resize the Chart

This particular step is to make the overall outlook easy to read for the readers.

  • Resize the Scatter Chart and place this below the dataset.
  • As this will be a Scatter Plot Matrix, make the chart smaller so that other bivariate relations can be placed under this. Follow the picture for a better understanding.

Resized Scatter Chart

Step-06: Complete the Scatter Matrix

The dataset has 3 variables. This means another 2 combinations of variable sets are possible. So, let’s complete the Scatter Plot Matrix.

  • Initially, select the Month and Humidity columns.
  • Then, click on Insert, and after that hit on the Charts option.
  • Choose the first option under Scatter type.

Inserting Scatter Charts with Month and Humidity columns

  • As a result, you will get a Scatter Chart representing the relationship between Month and Humidity.

Scatter Chart with Month and Humidity Columns

  • Furthermore, remove the Chart Title and Gridlines following Step-03.

Removing Chart Title and Gridlines

  • Like the previous chart, adjust the Bounds Maximum and Minimum values of the Chart.
  • For this, follow Step-04.

Bounds Maximum and Minimum values of Axis

  • Hence, I have Reset the range for Vertical Axis to 50-90. Because in the Humidity column, the values are in this range.
  • Similarly, for Horizontal Axis I have Reset the range to 0-6.

Resetting Bounds Maximum and Minimum values

  • At this point, you can change the Color of the Scatter Chart to differentiate among the relations.
  • In the first place, click on the Brush icon just below the sign.
  • Then, select Color.
  • Finally, choose any color except the previous chart’s color.

Changing Color of Scatter Chart

  • Moreover, resize the chart and place this below the first chart to create the Matrix.

Resizing Scatter Chart with Month and Humidity columns

  • Lastly, select the Temperature and Humidity Column.
  • Insert Scatter Chart by just repeating the same actions.

Inserting Scatter Chart with Avg. Temperature and Humidity Columns

  • In addition, resize the Chart and complete the Scatter Plot Matrix.

Scatter Plot Matrix

Step-07: Introduce Label to the Scatter Plots

You must Label the chart so that readers can analyze the Matrix to understand the relationships. In this step, I will Label the Charts.

  • Add the Labels according to your dataset.

Adding Label to Scatter Plot Matrix

  • After adding Labels the Scatter Plot Matrix is ready now.
  • The top left corner indicates the relationship between Month and Temperature.
  • Next, the bottom left represents the data points of Month and Humidity.
  • In conclusion, the bottom right corner expresses the connection of Temperature and Humidity.

Final output of Scatter Plot Matrix in Excel

Things to Remember

  • Be careful while Labeling the Scatter Plot Matrix. One wrong Label can mislead the readers in the whole chart.
  • Try to keep the outlook simple and clean as there may be many variable pairs in one Matrix.

Practice Section

Here, we have provided a practice sheet for you to practice.

Practice Sheet for Excel Scatter Plot Matrix

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In this article, I have shown the steps of creating a Scatter Chart and making this into a Matrix. There may be more variables in your dataset. In that case, prepare the combinations and then arrange the charts accordingly. I hope this article gave you a clear idea about how to create a Scatter Plot Matrix in Excel. If you have any questions regarding this, please comment down.

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