Bubble Chart 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.

Chart Template for PowerPoint

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

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. You can add your data manually or copy data from Excel or any other data source. 
  7. Close the Excel sheet.
  8. Restyle and customize to change text, fonts, colors etc. to match your brand guidelines, corporate identity / corporate design and preferences. 
  9. Easily change Y-axis values from absolute numbers to currency or percentages.
  10. Modify the template for your own use case, industry or job function. Easily change, add or delete categories and corresponding data series, if you have more/less data than provided in this ready-to-use template.
  11. File format: PPTX. Compatible with PowerPoint 2013 and above.

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

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