#### Trying to compare % to date across several years

```I have a simple need.  I have calculated cummulative % of
full year's sales for several years and want to compare
the sales patterns.  The chart would show each year's
sales from 0% up to 100% with % as Y axis and day of year
as X axis.  Can't make any date formats allow such a
comparison, so I have calculated a day of year by
subtracting the date of each sale from the 12/31 date of
the prior year, therefore each data point is a value
between 0 and 100% and a "date" between 1 and 365.  Seems
like a routine chart, but nothing seems to make the x
axis display correctly.

Surely this is a common need?  Would appreciate any help.
```
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```Richard -

How is your X axis displaying? How would you like it to display?

- Jon
-------
Jon Peltier, Microsoft Excel MVP
Peltier Technical Services
Tutorials and Custom Solutions
http://PeltierTech.com/
_______

Richard wrote:

> I have a simple need.  I have calculated cummulative % of
> full year's sales for several years and want to compare
> the sales patterns.  The chart would show each year's
> sales from 0% up to 100% with % as Y axis and day of year
> as X axis.  Can't make any date formats allow such a
> comparison, so I have calculated a day of year by
> subtracting the date of each sale from the 12/31 date of
> the prior year, therefore each data point is a value
> between 0 and 100% and a "date" between 1 and 365.  Seems
> like a routine chart, but nothing seems to make the x
> axis display correctly.
>
> Surely this is a common need?  Would appreciate any help.

```
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8/4/2004 1:55:12 AM
```Originally I wanted the X axis to be month/day
(regardless of year) but could find no way to do that.
So I calculated day of year (from 1 to 365).  I tried
various ways to set that up which seems simple, but got a
whole set of odd results ranging from things like 1/11,
1/19 etc (not relating to the month/day); to a single
number (seems random) to odd sets of other numbers.

The original data are in two columns:  one with the %
value and one with the day of the year.  Each year's data
is together in groups, one above the other.  And, of
course, the random dates of each large sale mean that
each year's dates are different from the other years'.

>-----Original Message-----
>Richard -
>
>How is your X axis displaying? How would you like it to
display?
>
>- Jon
>-------
>Jon Peltier, Microsoft Excel MVP
>Peltier Technical Services
>Tutorials and Custom Solutions
>http://PeltierTech.com/
>_______
>
>Richard wrote:
>
>> I have a simple need.  I have calculated cummulative %
of
>> full year's sales for several years and want to
compare
>> the sales patterns.  The chart would show each year's
>> sales from 0% up to 100% with % as Y axis and day of
year
>> as X axis.  Can't make any date formats allow such a
>> comparison, so I have calculated a day of year by
>> subtracting the date of each sale from the 12/31 date
of
>> the prior year, therefore each data point is a value
>> between 0 and 100% and a "date" between 1 and 365.
Seems
>> like a routine chart, but nothing seems to make the x
>> axis display correctly.
>>
>> Surely this is a common need?  Would appreciate any
help.
>
>.
>
```
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anonymous (74722)
8/4/2004 2:34:57 PM
```Richard -

I think we can fake it. You might be off � a day depending on leap year,
but let's see how it looks.

Put dates for your first series in the first column, and values for the
first year in the second. Put the values for subsequent years in the
next columns. Use the years for the column headers.

2001   2002   2003   etc.
1/1/2001    20     22     21
1/2/2001    25     27     28
1/3/2001    28     29     33
1/4/2001    31     31     34
etc.

Keep the top left cell blank. Select the range and make your Line chart.
The first series' dates provide the ability to format the date as
month/day (use a custom number format of "mm/dd" or "mmm/dd").

- Jon
-------
Jon Peltier, Microsoft Excel MVP
Peltier Technical Services
Tutorials and Custom Solutions
http://PeltierTech.com/
_______

anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com wrote:
> Originally I wanted the X axis to be month/day
> (regardless of year) but could find no way to do that.
> So I calculated day of year (from 1 to 365).  I tried
> various ways to set that up which seems simple, but got a
> whole set of odd results ranging from things like 1/11,
> 1/19 etc (not relating to the month/day); to a single
> number (seems random) to odd sets of other numbers.
>
> The original data are in two columns:  one with the %
> value and one with the day of the year.  Each year's data
> is together in groups, one above the other.  And, of
> course, the random dates of each large sale mean that
> each year's dates are different from the other years'.
>
>
>>-----Original Message-----
>>Richard -
>>
>>How is your X axis displaying? How would you like it to
>
> display?
>
>>- Jon
>>-------
>>Jon Peltier, Microsoft Excel MVP
>>Peltier Technical Services
>>Tutorials and Custom Solutions
>>http://PeltierTech.com/
>>_______
>>
>>Richard wrote:
>>
>>
>>>I have a simple need.  I have calculated cummulative %
>
> of
>
>>>full year's sales for several years and want to
>
> compare
>
>>>the sales patterns.  The chart would show each year's
>>>sales from 0% up to 100% with % as Y axis and day of
>
> year
>
>>>as X axis.  Can't make any date formats allow such a
>>>comparison, so I have calculated a day of year by
>>>subtracting the date of each sale from the 12/31 date
>
> of
>
>>>the prior year, therefore each data point is a value
>>>between 0 and 100% and a "date" between 1 and 365.
>
> Seems
>
>>>like a routine chart, but nothing seems to make the x
>>>axis display correctly.
>>>
>>>Surely this is a common need?  Would appreciate any
>
> help.
>
>>.
>>

```
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8/4/2004 6:49:50 PM
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>-----Original Message-----
>Richard -
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>I think we can fake it. You might be off =B1 a day=20
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>
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>- Jon
>-------
>Jon Peltier, Microsoft Excel MVP
>Peltier Technical Services
>Tutorials and Custom Solutions
>http://PeltierTech.com/
>_______
>
>anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com wrote:
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>>>- Jon
>>>-------
>>>Jon Peltier, Microsoft Excel MVP
>>>Peltier Technical Services
>>>Tutorials and Custom Solutions
>>>http://PeltierTech.com/
>>>_______
>>>
>>>Richard wrote:
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```
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anonymous (74722)
8/5/2004 2:36:57 PM

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