AddMaple automatically aggregates your data as soon as it loads. The primary "explore" screen shows a per column pivot chart:
In the above image there are 3 different column types: numeric, multiple choice and multiple choice with multiple answers. AddMaple has already pivoted on each column, in addition for the numeric column AddMaple has automatically grouped (or binned) the data into sensible groups. For the columns the have multiple results per cell (e.g. "red,yellow,blue"), AddMaple has already pre-processed the results - something that is very difficult to do in a spreadsheet.
When you click on a chart you will be taken to a larger view of just that column:
This expanded view automatically shows 10 groups instead of 5 and has a handy stats panel on the right hand side.
The real power of pivots in AddMaple is shown when you choose to aggregate by a different column or display multiple columns together.
Mean, Median and Total
Traditional pivot tables allow you to view averages and totals from different columns using the "values" setting. This is simple to do in AddMaple.
The default setting is "Number Of" - this is equivalent to COUNTA in a spreadsheet.
By clicking on "Number of" you can choose a different aggregation option:
- Total (equivalent to SUM)
- Average (equivalent to AVERAGE)
- Median (equivalent to MEDIAN)
The real timesaver is that AddMaple has already detected the different column types and therefore only displays numeric columns to aggregate by. Here is an example showing a median aggregation.
AddMaple instantly calculates the results (even for large datasets) and displays the results in an easy to read chart format. Please read here for details on why we use horizontal bar charts.
Pivoting by Multiple Columns
To explore two (or three) columns at the same time, simply click the plus button, select "Add Pivot" and choose another column
Once you've chosen your new column, AddMaple will instantly show your data as a multi-column pivot chart.
AddMaple displays the data in a chart so that it is easy to spot trends and understand your data at a glance. You can hover over (or tap on) a chart segment to get the actual values.
Percentages rather than absolutes
For many datasets, it is easier to see trends when comparing percentage values rather than absolute values. AddMaple makes it easy to toggle between percentages and absolutes with a single click.
Sometimes your data will be easier to understand if you swap the order of the columns, i.e. instead of viewing Column A, segmented by Column B - you want to view Column B, segmented by Column A.
To do this in AddMaple, click on the column you want to swap and there will be a swap option at the top of the select menu
You will now be able to see the same data from a different perspective:
It's easy to swap backwards and forwards as you explore your data.
Three Column Pivots
In large data sets it may be useful to pivot by three columns, to do this in AddMaple, click on the plus button and add another pivot, for example: