1. Anaplan User Experience
  2. Build apps and pages in the User Experience
  3. Visualizations
  4. Charts
  5. Pie and donut charts

Pie charts consist of a circle divided into segments that represent the component parts of the whole. Donut charts are the same, but with a hole in the center. The axis for a pie or donut chart follows the circumference of the circle.

To learn how to add a pie or donut chart to a board or worksheet, see Add cards to a board and Add cards to a worksheet.

Examples of a pie chart and a donut chart. The pie chart shows the share of revenue earned among six regions. The donut chart shows a breakdown of sales for six products.

What can I use pie and donut charts for?

Pie and donut charts show a percentage breakdown of data, and, as they are visually simple, are well understood by most people. As they display the proportions of a dataset (for example, market share), they are effective for highlighting relative sizes.

Use a pie or donut chart to answer:

  • What is Y’s share of the whole?
  • What is the ratio of X to Z?
  • What are the comparative sizes of our business units?
  • What is the composition of website traffic?
  • What is the percentage breakdown of X, Y, and Z?

Considerations

A pie or donut chart may not be the best option when:

  • the chart contains a large number of data series. This results in a large number of segments, which is hard to interpret.
  • your data series are close in value, as it can be hard to identify small differences between them.

Alternative chart types

Use a different type of chart if:

  • you wish to portray changes over time (use a line, bar, or column chart).
  • it is important to know exact values within your data (use a bar or column chart).
  • you are comparing a large number of categories of data (use a combination chart).
  • the viewer needs to see values and is unable to hover over the chart card (use a chart with an axis).

To learn about other types of chart, see Chart types in detail on the Charts page.