ChartDirector 6.0 (C++ Edition)

Pareto Chart

This example demonstrates the pareto chart style.

A pareto chart is a bar chart with the data sorted in descending order, together with a line chart showing the same data in accumulated form. In the current example, the data is shown as both percentages and values on the two y-axes.

The chart in this example is composed of two layers - a BarLayer created using XYChart.addBarLayer, and a LineLayer created using XYChart.addLineLayer.

This example employs the ArrayMath utility class for computing the accumulated line, obtaining the scaling factor between the two y-axes, and re-scaling the line data as percentages.

The two y-axes are synchronized using Axis.syncAxis.

Source Code Listing

[The following code is available in "cppdemo/pareto". A MFC version of the code is available in "mfcdemo/mfcdemo" (Windows edition only). A QT version of the code is available in "qtdemo/qtdemo".]
#include "chartdir.h"

int main(int argc, char *argv[])
    // The data for the chart
    double data[] = {40, 15, 7, 5, 2};

    // The labels for the chart
    const char *labels[] = {"Hard Disk", "PCB", "Printer", "CDROM", "Keyboard"};

    // In the pareto chart, the line data are just the accumulation of the raw data, scaled to a
    // range of 0 - 100%
    ArrayMath lineData = ArrayMath(DoubleArray(data, (int)(sizeof(data) / sizeof(data[0]))));
    double scaleFactor = lineData.max() / 100;
    if (scaleFactor == 0) {
        // Avoid division by zero error for zero data
        scaleFactor = 1;

    // Create a XYChart object of size 480 x 300 pixels. Set background color to brushed silver,
    // with a grey (bbbbbb) border and 2 pixel 3D raised effect. Use rounded corners. Enable soft
    // drop shadow.
    XYChart *c = new XYChart(400, 300, Chart::brushedSilverColor(), 0xbbbbbb, 2);

    // Add a title to the chart using 15 points Arial Italic. Set top/bottom margins to 12 pixels.
    TextBox *title = c->addTitle("Pareto Chart Demonstration", "ariali.ttf", 15);
    title->setMargin(0, 0, 12, 12);

    // Tentatively set the plotarea at (50, 40). Set the width to 100 pixels less than the chart
    // width, and the height to 80 pixels less than the chart height. Use pale grey (f4f4f4)
    // background, transparent border, and dark grey (444444) dotted grid lines.
    c->setPlotArea(50, 40, c->getWidth() - 100, c->getHeight() - 80, 0xf4f4f4, -1,
        Chart::Transparent, c->dashLineColor(0x444444, Chart::DotLine));

    // Add a line layer for the pareto line
    LineLayer *lineLayer = c->addLineLayer();

    // Add the pareto line using deep blue (0000ff) as the color, with circle symbols
    lineLayer->addDataSet(lineData.result(), 0x0000ff)->setDataSymbol(Chart::CircleShape, 9,
        0x0000ff, 0x0000ff);

    // Set the line width to 2 pixel

    // Bind the line layer to the secondary (right) y-axis.

    // Add a multi-color bar layer using the given data.
    BarLayer *barLayer = c->addBarLayer(DoubleArray(data, (int)(sizeof(data) / sizeof(data[0]))),
        IntArray(0, 0));

    // Set soft lighting for the bars with light direction from the right
    barLayer->setBorderColor(Chart::Transparent, Chart::softLighting(Chart::Right));

    // Set the labels on the x axis.
    c->xAxis()->setLabels(StringArray(labels, (int)(sizeof(labels) / sizeof(labels[0]))));

    // Set the secondary (right) y-axis scale as 0 - 100 with a tick every 20 units
    c->yAxis2()->setLinearScale(0, 100, 20);

    // Set the format of the secondary (right) y-axis label to include a percentage sign

    // Set the relationship between the two y-axes, which only differ by a scaling factor
    c->yAxis()->syncAxis(c->yAxis2(), scaleFactor);

    // Set the format of the primary y-axis label foramt to show no decimal point

    // Add a title to the primary y-axis

    // Set all axes to transparent

    // Adjust the plot area size, such that the bounding box (inclusive of axes) is 10 pixels from
    // the left edge, just below the title, 10 pixels from the right edge, and 20 pixels from the
    // bottom edge.
    c->packPlotArea(10, title->getHeight(), c->getWidth() - 10, c->getHeight() - 20);

    // Output the chart

    //free up resources
    delete c;
    return 0;