Now we are in the full swing of things I wanted to create a nice and simple visualisation for comparing two different metrics i.e. through drawing two half-circles and comparing them against each other. In this tutorial, we will go through the process of creating this visualization in a simple step-by-step manner.

Note: As always never choose a data visualisation type and try to fit your data into it, instead, understand your data and choose the best visualization for your data consumers.


Load the following data into Tableau Desktop / Public.


Note: we need two records for each stage as we are going to be drawing polygons and using densification to get more points on our canvas.

Calculated Fields

With our data set loaded into Tableau, we are going to create the following Calculated Fields and Bins:

Path (bins)

  • Right click on Path, go to Create and select Bins…
  • In the Edit Bins dialogue window:
    • Set New field name to Path (bin).
    • Set Size of bins to 1.
    • Click Ok.



Product Flag

WINDOW_MAX( IIF(MAX([Product])="Office",-1,1))

TC_Max Sales

WINDOW_MAX(MAX({ FIXED : MAX([Sales]) } ))

TC_Product Sales



[TC_Product Sales]/[TC_Max Sales]


SIN([Index]*PI()/180)*[TC_Percentage]*[Product Flag]


COS([Index]*PI()/180)*[TC_Percentage]*[Product Flag]

So with our Calculated Fields in place, let us start creating our worksheet.


We will now build our worksheet:

  • Change the Mark Type to Polygon.
  • Drag Product onto Color Mark.
  • Drag Path (Bins) onto Rows.
    • Right-click on the object and ensure that Show Missing Values is checked.
    • Drag this object onto the Path Mark.
  • Drag X onto Columns.
    • Right-click on the object, go to Compute Using and select Path (Bins).
  • Drag Y onto Rows.
    • Right-click on the object, go to Compute Using and select Path (Bins).

You should get something like the following:

We will now adjust the worksheet by:

  • Copying X, setting Dual Axis and turning the copy into a Line Chart.
  • Double click the X-axis and fixing the values to be from -1.1 to 1.1.
  • Remove the grid and axis lines.
  • Edit the polygon transparency to 60%.
  • Hide the headers.
  • Adjust the tooltip.

You want to end up with the following:

and boom, we are done, we have created an interesting way of comparing two different metrics using half circles.

You can see and interact with my visualisation on Tableau Public at!/vizhome/Half-Circles/Half-Circles


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  1. Dear Toan
    Doing your Udemy course and the additional exercises in section 18. In the example above (Half Circles) the outer lines of the polygon remain darker than the interior. I am having difficulty keeping the outer lines (circumference) of the circle darker than the interior. Any advice on what I am doing wrong? Thanks

  2. Hi Toan, very nice article. Thank you for sharing it! I am trying to recreate it. So far it works good. I have a problem to show up the figuers in the tool tip. How did you figuered it out, that the value “Office: $800” is shown up? Thank you in advance!

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