#### Pivot Tables and Charts

```Hello

I have 5 variables - a, b, c, d, and Fitness.  When I
create a Pivot Chart, with Fitness=height, I obtain one
chart with ONE surface.

It is very useful to plot everything on one chart, however
I would like to plot several surfaces on the chart. In
other words, to me a surface is a 3D plot of variable
Fitness vs variables a and b, holding values for variables
c and d constant.

Example 1.  Suppose variable c can take on 3 values, and
variable d can take on 4 values.  This means that there
can be 3*4=12 combinations of variables c and d.  For this
case, I would like to display 12 surfaces on one chart.

Is this possible?

Example 2.  Here is another way to look at this problem.
This problem shows up in 2D too.  For instance, below we
have 3 Downward-Sloping lines, representing the behaviour
of Fitness for different values of variable b:

Fitness
|\                 \
|   \     \           \
|      \     \           \
|               \
|
|
|__________________________
a1 a2 a3 a1 a2 a3 a1 a2 a3
b1       b2       b3

But, unfortunately, in Excel Pivot Charts only ONE
surface/line is displayed [instead of 3 lines], as
illustrated below:

Fitness
|\                 \
|   \    /\       /    \
|      \/    \   /        \
|               \
|
|
|__________________________
a1 a2 a3 a1 a2 a3 a1 a2 a3
b1       b2       b3

This makes the plot confusing and hard to understand.
When one sees a zig-zag line like the one on the figure
above, it is difficult to understand that the true pattern
is really downward sloping [as variable a increases, for
all values of variable b].

So, again my question is - how can we show separate
surfaces [on one Pivot chart], instead of one confusing
surface?

This is my first time using Pivot tables.  I have searched
Excel help as well as the archived messages in this
newsgroup, but I couldn't find any mention of this
problem.  I am sure that the reason for this is that I
don't know the right keywords to use...

Sincerely

Alison
```
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