I am working on a report where I have to display hierarchical data in relation to some type. For cumulative data over some period I have a table as presented in image below 1:


The task is to display same data but periodically, so user can compare changes over time. My idea is to use table as presented in second chart:

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This seems to be a large table - do you think there is a better way to display the data?

Thank you for any ideas!

  • I think the way you have it in your second table would make it difficult to compare a single body type... New Estate vs Used Estates... What about a series of your table 1 with up/down indicators next to the values.
    – bdimag
    Commented Sep 23, 2014 at 16:47

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It depends on which informations are the most valuable but you already can simplify the table by using more than a row by cell.


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  • This recommendation seems valid and it simplifes the visual layout making it a lot easier to scan. It isn't clear that it is an advantage to group estate > age as is done here or age > estate like is done in the poster's. If you prefer the latter, I would eliminate the used label and treat each of the date periods as peers. That would simplify the table which is the main problem I'm having.
    – jelaplan
    Commented Oct 23, 2014 at 13:55

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