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3D Scatter Plots

A type of scatter plot that shows the relationship between three variables.

Step 1

Try an Example

Before getting started with your own dataset, you can check out an example. First, select the 'Type' menu. Hovering the mouse over the chart type icon will display three options: 1) Charts like this by Plotly users, 2) View tutorials on this chart type, and, 3) See a basic example.

Clicking the 'See a basic example' option will show what a sample chart looks like after adding data and editing with the style. You'll also see what labels and style attributes were selected for this specific chart, as well as the end result.

Example after

You can also use the data featured in this tutorial by clicking on 'Open This Data in Chart Studio' on the left-hand side. It'll open in Chart Studio.

Step 2

Add Your Data to Chart Studio

Head to Chart Studio and add your data. You have the option of typing directly in the grid, uploading your file, or entering the URL of an online dataset. Chart Studio accepts .xls, .xlsx, or .csv files. For more information on how to enter your data, see this tutorial.

Step 3

Create a Chart

After adding data, go to the 'Traces' section under the 'Structure' menu on the left-hand side. Choose the 'Type' of trace, then choose '3D Scatter' under '3D' chart type.

Choose chart main

Next, select 'X', 'Y' and 'Z' values from the dropdown menus. This will create a 3D scatter trace, as seen below.

Adding X Y Z

Step 4

Style a Chart

The 'Style' menu displays many options to modify characteristics of the overall chart layout or the individual traces. To see more options about styling the chart, visit the style and layout section of the Chart Studio documentation.

Use the 'General' section under the 'Style' menu to set the plot title, as well as change the layout background, margin color and font styles.

To set the plot title, type the title text within the textbox provided under the 'Title' property.

Type title

Another approach is to click and then enter the title directly on the plot interface.

Type directly title

Use the 'Traces' section under the 'Style' menu to change the properties of the scatter trace such as the marker (points) symbol, color or size, hoverinfo and error bars.

Trace Properties

To change the color of the traces, choose either the option 'Constant' or 'Variable'.

If 'Constant' is chosen, all the points of the trace are colored in the same color. Then choose the color by clicking on the color palette.

Color Palette

If 'Variable' is chosen, each point in the trace is colored according to the data specified. Then choose the desired colorscale from the respective dropdown menu. In this plot, the option 'Variable' is chosen, as seen below.

Color main

Step 5

Save and Share

To save the plot, click the 'Save' button on the left-hand side. A save modal will appear, as seen below, where you can specify the filenames and privacy settings for your plot and data grid.

Save main

For more information on privacy settings and how sharing works, visit Chart Studio's sharing tutorial.

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