PowerPoint Bubble Chart Template with Third Variable Derived

Use this bubble chart PowerPoint template to show correlation between 2 variables with bubble size determined by the value of third variable.

In this template, value of third variable is derived from numeric values of the other 2 variables. 

Chart Type

Bubble Chart

Chart Function

Correlation, Comparison, Distribution

Use case example: Sales and average profit per sale

The bubble chart in above example shows average profit per sale on X-axis, number of sales on Y-axis, and profit of each of the 7 products indicated by bubble size. The intersection points of X and Y-axis variables determine the bubble position.  

Profit amount is derived from number of sales and average profit per sale. Bigger the bubble size, higher is the profit amount.

You can also use this chart template to show number of sales, average price per sale and total revenue.


Total Revenue = Number of sales x Average price per sale

How to use and edit this chart template

To edit this chart template, execute following steps.

  1. Right click on the chart to open chart menu. Click Edit Data. This will open the linked Excel sheet (see video below).
  2. Enter categories in column A. The category names are shown inside each bubble.
  3. Enter variable 1 data values in column B. These values form the X-axis of the bubble chart.
  4. Enter variable 2 data values in column C. These values form the Y-axis of the bubble chart.
  5. Variable 3 data values in column D are derived using formulas. These values form the Z-axis of the bubble chart and they determine the bubble size. Larger the Z-axis value, bigger is the bubble.
  6. Close the Excel sheet.
  7. File format: PPTX. Compatible with PowerPoint 2013 and above.

Numbers have an important story to tell. They rely on you to give them a clear and convincing voice.

Stephen Few
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