I have some data that has 2 dimensions that I currently display the values of in a table. The dimensions are Gender & Age. For example "there are 12 thirty year old Males".

Now I need to add a 3rd dimension to this data visualization - Religion. Ideally it would help the user:

  1. See what intersections are represented (eg. there are 8 thirty year old, Christian Males)
  2. See what intersections are not represented (eg there are no twenty five year old Buddhist Females)

What are some ways to present this data in a meaningful way that helps the user achieve the two objectives outlined above?


This will give you a 0-10 age of a Male or Female with the Christian religion.

0-10 can be defined fix number, up to you to alter the visuals.

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    Not going to work so well if you open your gender options up, but good for a binary solution – Toni Leigh Apr 4 '18 at 13:12
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    @toni maybe the boxes could be pie charts instead for the genders. Could work better. – richard Apr 4 '18 at 22:33

it is my idea with table grid pattern. the idea is same like above answer but pattern and visualisation is different. enter image description here

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  • All value boxes have the same size... Hard to read the values at a glance. Also confusing: "Below 80" includes all the other ages (0-80) or is it just the range between 70-80? – Luciano Apr 4 '18 at 13:30
  • Good concept though. I like the idea. – richard Apr 4 '18 at 22:32
  • Actually those values are not represent age in the boxes. those are no. of people belonging to age group. (Ex:Below 80 there are 60 years old Males 72 year old Females belongs to Christian Religion) @Luciano – B.Sadashiv Apr 5 '18 at 7:00

One way to display a 3rd dimension in a table would be to use hierarchy.

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Is this what you looking for, Category and the value been a two dimension, the Series is the third value.

Example Christian male would be your third value.

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Image source:https://www.smartdraw.com/bar-graph/

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  • No, that's still 2 dimensions...Category and Series. Value isn't a dimension. – richard Apr 4 '18 at 3:41
  • Ok, I created another visual, and make it a new answer. – NPN Apr 4 '18 at 4:21

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