Since Version 1.2.1 of flashChart new types of charts is supported, scatter charts. A scatter chart or scattergraph is a type of mathematical diagram using Cartesian coordinates to display values for two variables for a set of data.
The data is displayed as a collection of points, each having the value of one variable determining the position on the horizontal axis and the value of the other variable determining the position on the vertical axis. This kind of plot is also called a scatter plot, scattergram, scatter diagram or scatter graph.
A scatter plot can suggest various kinds of correlations between variables with a certain confidence interval. for example, weight and height, weight would be on x axis and height would be on the y axis. Correlations may be positive (rising), negative (falling), or null (uncorrelated). If the pattern of dots slopes from lower left to upper right, it suggests a positive correlation between the variables being studied. If the pattern of dots slopes from upper left to lower right, it suggests a negative correlation. A line of best fit (alternatively called 'trendline') can be drawn in order to study the correlation between the variables. An equation for the correlation between the variables can be determined by established best-fit procedures. For a linear correlation, the best-fit procedure is known as linear regression and is guaranteed to generate a correct solution in a finite time. No universal best-fit procedure is guaranteed to generate a correct solution for arbitrary relationships. A scatter plot is also very useful when we wish to see how two comparable data sets agree with each other. In this case, an identity line, i.e., a y=x line, or an 1:1 line, is often drawn as a reference. The more the two data sets agree, the more the scatters tend to concentrate in the vicinity of the identity line; if the two data sets are numerically identical, the scatters fall on the identity line exactly.
||This scatter chart illustrates the general nature of the correlation between arm span and height - clicking (hiding) "Trend" this may show up not to be obvious).
But reading from left to right on the horizontal scale, you can observe that narrow arm spans tend to be associated with people who are shorter, and wider arm spans tend to be associated with people who are taller -- that is, there appears to be an overall positive correlation between arm span and height.
One of the most powerful aspects of a scatter chart, however, is its ability to show nonlinear relationships between variables. Furthermore, if the data is represented by a mixture model of simple relationships, these relationships will be visually evident as superimposed patterns.