Format is the way in which a data value can be displayed. This appears everywhere that you can visualize data (maps, charts, time series, correlations, etc).
Most often, data is automatically formatted as a number. However, some data is pre-identified by our data experts and automatically visualized another way (Unemployment Rate is a great example, it is automatically formatted as percent)
Depending on the visualization and/or presentation goal, you may want to change the format for the data point selected.
- Number - typical format, used when the data value is a number
- Currency - used when the data value is representing USD. This format will show your number as $.00
- Percent - used when the data value is a percentage. This format will show your number with a %
- Ratio as Percent - used when your number needs to be multiplied by 100 to be shown as a percentage.
- Rate per 100k - used when your number needs to be multiplied by 100K to show the desired rate.
- Duration - used to show time. This format will show your number in seconds 00:00
- None - this format is not a numerical format and will show the input value without manipulation.