Quadrant Scatter Chart in Excel

Quadrant & scatter diagrams compare the relationship between two variables

The difference is the placement of the Y axis in relationship to the X axis.
Both of these charts are easy to create using QI Macros add-in for Excel.

Scatter Diagram

scatter plot excel

Quadrant Graph

quadrant graph

To create a Quadrant Scatter using QI Macros add-in

Highlight your two-columns of data


Then, select "Box, Dot & Scatter Plot" > Quadrant Scatter


Next, you will be asked to input the point at which the Y-Axis crosses the X-Axis and the X-Axis Crosses the Y-Axis - this creates your quadrant. Note that we also identify potential crossings for you:



A Quadrant Scatter Chart will then be created:


You can also manually convert a scatter plot to a four-quadrant graph

  1. First, delete the trend line from your scatter diagram.

    scatter plot with no trend line
  2. Second, reformat your X-Axis.

    Right click on the X-axis, select Format Axis

    right click on x axis
    Now change the value where you want the vertical Y-axis to cross the X-axis. In this example, we chose 45.

  3. Third, reformat your Y-Axis.

    Right click on the Y-axis, select Format Axis

    right click on x axis
    Now change the value where you want the horizontal X-axis to cross the Y-axis. In this example, we chose 50.


  4. Once you have updated both the X and Y Axis Values, you should have a XY Scatter Diagram with Four Quadrants!

    quadrant graph

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