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Smoothing in charts, useless?

ecerulm
Level 4
Smoothing in charts, useless?
 

 The Line > Smoothing option gives some weird artifacts with loops and multiple values of Y for a single value of X, which I found hilarious : 

 

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The same line chart without smoothing. 

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I'm guessing it's some kind of bezier curve but doing something with the control points that I don't understand. 

Does anybody know for sure that kind of smoothing are they applying here? 

 

and  isn't there a more appropriate form of smoothing/ curve-fitting  for this context, like regular spline smoothing?

 

Any way I created a Product Idea https://community.dataiku.com/t5/Product-Ideas/Implement-more-sensible-line-smoothing-algorithms/idi... to ask for  support of other  "smoothing" techniques

 

In case anyone want to reproduce it, I attached the dataiku_smoothing.csv file to this post. You just need to create a project > Dataset > New dataset > Upload your files > dataiku_smoothing.csv 

Then navigate to the Dataset > Charts and add 

* Show Y : quantity (AVG)

* By X: order_date (automatic) 

 

The Lines > Smoothing (is on by default) 

The result is 

 

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1 Reply
AlexT
Dataiker

Hi @ecerulm ,

As mentioned in the support ticket on this topic, charts smoothing use a policy that avoids overstepping the real bounds of the data on the Y axis, as this would lead to creating wrongful min and max. One drawback of this policy is that it indeed can create artefacts on the X axis. You need to disable smoothing if you want to ensure no artefacts can occur, neither or X nor Y.

We've taken note of this feature request.

Thanks,