To identify hourly trends in the data, you can use a time-of-day chart, which displays the data point density on a 24 hour time trend chart. This 24 hour cyclical view of the data enables you to focus on any temporal behavioral trends in your data density, such as activity around rush hour, lunchtimes or evenings. It uses the data points filtered by the visible map and any property filters.
Be aware that time is in UTC, so you will have to take this into account when considering daily patterns for data that has been collected in a different time zone. For example, 1 pm in New York will be 5 pm in UTC.
To show a time-of-day chart, click the Show time-of-day chart button:
To return to a time trend chart, click this button again.
Specifying a time-of-day range
You can move the start and end markers on the time-of-day chart to specify a time interval of interest, such as a specific hour, minute or other period of time. Note that the time-of-day chart shows time in UTC. As you change the start and end times, the dataset metrics, the property values and the map update dynamically. To specify a time range, click this button:
For example, if you select 10am to 2pm (UTC), this time-of-day range is applied to every day in the dataset and displayed on the time-of-day chart. If you want to view the density of these data points across the whole period, rather than on a 24 hour time trend chart, you can switch back to the time trend. The filter bar shows that you have selected a four hour period.
Viewing the data for a specific hour
To quickly scan through the day and observe how specific hours of the day affect the metrics and other statistics, click the Select a specific time-of-day button to use the marker to select a specific time of the day. The visible map area shows data point density for a period of two hours before your selected time, as well as the following two hours. The closer the data point is to your chosen time, the brighter it will be.
For example, if you move the marker to 11:15, the chart shows data for the period 9:15 to 13:15, with the brightest points at 11:15.
Playing the time-of-day animation
To look for emerging trends in your data, you can play an animation of the time-of-day chart. This moves the daily temporal marker through the day, changing the dataset metrics, property values and data points on the map. You can combine this with visualizations such as a heatmap or choropleth to gain further insights into your data.
To start the animation, click this button:
To stop the animation, click on the time range button or specific time-of-day button.