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A series is a collection of closely related graphical shapes or series pieces (e.g. points, contour lines, surface cells, pie slices, etc) that are drawn in an ordered way in a graph of a graph document. A series has a data source that supplies it with data. A data source can be a data table, a data sequence, or a series function. According to their roles in the series, the data of the series are grouped under different series components. Each series has at least one mandatory series component. Most series (e.g. Line3D Line, Horizontal 3D Line, Bar, Point, etc) have two series components: Position and Value, which usually correspond to the x-axis values and y-axis values in the graph, respectively. Some series (e.g. SurfaceTriSurface, Water Fall, Volume, etc) have an additional Depth series component, which corresponds to the depth (z-axis) values in the graph. The rest either have one mandatory series component (e.g. Pie, Donut, Histogram, etc) or more than three mandatory series components (e.g. Arrow, Candle, Gantt, etc). Most series have an optional series component called LabelMember whose data may be used as the mark labels for the series pieces.

In most series, each series piece is a graph representation of a raw data point in the data source; in others, each series piece could be a graph representation of a data point that is derived from the raw data in the data source (e.g. for a Histogram series with a data-table source, data points in the data table are used to derive the frequencies of bins that are graphically represented in the series).

A series has a number properties that determine various aspects of the series, which include, for example, the appearance, data source, axis association, and behaviors of the series in the graph. To customize the properties of a series, select the Series menu command on the Graph menu (which is also the context menu of the graph document) or left double click on the series to open the Series Editor.

Multiple compatible series can be drawn in the same graph. The series that receives the user inputs is called the active series. To change the active series of a graph, use the Active Series combo-box on the Graph Toolbar or the Active Series menu command on the Graph menu. Upon activation, the new active series grows in animation. The number of animation steps can be customized in the Behavior: Activation tab-page of the Program Options dialog box.

All series of  the active graph are shown in the Graph tab-page of the Navigator. The visibility and drawing orders of individual series can be changed on this tab-page: to switch the drawing orders of two series, drag one and drop it onto the other; to hide an inactive series, uncheck the check box in front of the inactive series. Please note that, the active series cannot be hidden unless it is changed to inactive first.

The current version of DataScene supports the following 39 series.


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