Chart Dynamic Data Range

Aug 31, 2006

I have created a chart that automatically expands as more data is added. This works great by using named ranges in my Chart's Series' Values and Axis Label fields. The named ranges use the Offset function.

The problem I am having is applying this same technique to to same chart to vary the number of series that I want to chart. I created a name range, using the offset function. But when I add the name to my Data Range formula, it will not stick. It changes the number of series displayed correctly when I add the name. But after I click OK on the Source Data dialog box, the data range reverts back to the address supplied by the name range variable; it does not retain the name range variable itself. Can Chart Data Ranges not contain a name range variable, especially when name range variables are used in the series formulas?

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Feb 14, 2014

I have a spreadsheet that I have setup to have raw data pasted into. Long story short, it pulls the maximum reading for a given 5 minute period and returns the highest value for each 5 minute increment where there was a reading. It does this for all of the different dates entered, returning a separate data table for each date.

What I now need is to graph the data on a line chart. Since the number of time values can be variable, I have to include the entire range (for example A3:B5002). When I graph this out, it has all of the data clumped up at the beginning and flatlines for 99% of the chart.

I tried building dynamic named ranges using offset, but that seems to yield similar results once charted.

See the link below where I've dumped some sample data in (it wouldn't let me upload due to the size and I can't upload only part of it without breaking the whole thing). The data I need to chart is from columns A&B on the GraphData sheet. Sheet 1 contains the chart I have been trying to use. The endgame of this is to have the end user paste in their data and *POOF* charts.

My only restriction is that I cannot have Macros/VBA.


I tried following this post and using NA() instead of "" dice, it just puts #NA at the bottom labels instead of spaces.

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I am attempting to use a dynamic named range in a chart data series as described in Excel Hacks (Hack #42 and Hack #52).

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Sub Update_Center_Chart()
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I get the error message: "Type mismatch." The data is in B1:F2 on a different sheet. The formula in the named range, "CenterData" is this:=OFFSET('Center Data'!$B$1,0,0,COUNT('Center Data'!$B:$B),4). The data will expand by 1 row every time.

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Imagine I am plotting characteristics of a monopoly game: each row of my data represents one property and has a number of characteristics in columns. I have a scatter plot that draws several series from data in a filtered list. This lets me turn some of the points on and off by changing the filters, because the chart only plots the points that are visible. I'm remaking this chart using named ranges so that it will update each series automatically as the named ranges change. I'm doing this because I occasionally want to move datapoints (i.e. rows in the original data) from one series to another, and I don't want to manually go back and edit the series definitions in the chart. For example, if I am charting a monopoly game and each series represents one player, and each point is a property owned by that player, I want to account for the fact that properties may be traded between players.

I got the chart all set up using named ranges so that each series has one named range for the X values and one for the Y values. These are defined to include or exclude points from the list (think of it as the list of all the properties in monopoly) and it works great... except when I use filters on the source data (for instance, filter out the yellow properties) it no longer removes those points from the chart. Because the chart refers to the named range and the named range is immune to the filtering, changes in filtering do not update the chart. My chart named ranges are defined like this:

John_Properties_Cost = (All_Properties_Owner=$B$115)*Cost_Of_Property
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I thought a good solution would be to "break up" the named range so that part of the calculation happens in the chart, like this:
instead of

named ranges defined as:
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I maintain data which gets updated every week. I have a chart associated with this data which I want to get updated automatically. I tried to use dynamic range on the chart and it kinda works. But the issue with my data is that I have data set in a row, followed by a blank cell which is then followed by average of last two weeks. Hence, when I use a dynamic range, it also displays the last value in the row (average), which I don't want to display in my chart.

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I have created a spreadsheet which uses data validation to allow a user to select a company, start Date, end date, and projected months in order to output different figures. I have attached a spreadsheet to this post in case that was hard to understand.

Since there is data validation, indexing, and matching going on, as different selections are made, various tables change as a result. Uou will be able to see what I mean as you open the example sheet and start messing around with the data validation boxes.

The problem I am encountering now, is creating an exponential graph that will also keep changing as the user changes their selections in the data validation boxes. I am unsure if this is even possible, but I figured it was worth a shot to ask. On the example sheet, I have included a graph similar to the one I want, but it only contains data in a certain range of cells, rather than dynamically changing to accommodate whatever data is outputted.

Here is what I am looking for in the graph:
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For example, if the user wants to compare the current yield curve out to 2031 against how the same curve looked the end of Q1 2011 and Q2 2011, he would select "2031" in the first dropdown and then select "4/1/2011", "7/1/2011", and "9/8/2011" in the other three dropdowns.

The data is on a separate sheet, and mechanics of my named ranges are sound. However, Excel won't allow me to add my named ranges to my graph.

As is, the series looks like this:


I'm trying to replace $B$3:$B$25 with CRV_DATES and $C$3:$C$25 with CRV_ONE (when I get this to work I'll add the other curve to the chart). When I try to add them, though, I can't get out of the series dialogue. When I hit enter, nothing happens--no error message, no nothing. The change simply won't "stick".

Here are my primary named ranges and the ranges/functions I use within them:

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FindCurve: =MATCH(CRV_END,MaturityRange,0)
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May 31, 2012

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I have seen one of your posts in which you make a graph update based on dynamic named ranges. Here is my problem, I already defined the name of my ranges as:

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Is there any way that I can omit the month altogether?

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MonthTarget for month* (examples)

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January 175,216,420
February 200,247,337
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Each of my data sets spans roughly 75 columns by 250 rows at present, but this could expand. The first 7 rows contain metadata. Columns 2-25 or so contain the raw data, from which everything to the right is calculated. The data sets have most columns in common, but not necessarily all.

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Here's the first hard part:

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Once I have this working for one data set, I need to be able to port it to other data sets (which are contained in other workbooks), so that I can compare equivalent plots from each. I also need to minimize the number of manual steps involved in doing so, to avoid human errors and excessive time consumption.

The only other possible complication I can think of at the moment is that, to this point, I have been inserting blank rows to isolate subsets that I do not wish to perform further sorting on from each other.

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2. dp ss ff
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4 .3 .4 .4
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