Definition

wikipedia states:

A scatter plot (also called a scatter graph, scatter chart, scattergram, or scatter diagram)[2] is a type of plot or mathematical diagram using Cartesian coordinates to display values for typically two variables for a set of data.

Videos

Tableau Software shared a video to show appropriate use cases for scatter plots:

Chris Love‘s Quadrant Analysis video for The Information Lab:

Blog posts

Chris also shared a “Good to great” article on The Information Lab looking at Combination scatter plots:

http://www.theinformationlab.co.uk/2015/07/14/tableau-good-to-great-combination-scatterplots/

Tableau’s online help gives a simple to follow guide to creating a basic scatter plot:

https://onlinehelp.tableau.com/current/pro/online/mac/en-us/buildexamples_scatter.html

Whilst Carly Capitula at interworks.com wrote this:

https://www.interworks.com/blog/ccapitula/2014/11/21/tableau-essentials-chart-types-scatter-plot

Example workbooks

It’s a common chart type, so plenty of great examples can be found on Tableau Public. A couple of examples include this from Jonni Walker:

https://public.tableau.com/profile/jonni.walker#!/vizhome/UrbanDiversityInAmerica/Dashboard1

And this from Steve Fenn:

https://public.tableau.com/profile/fennsk#!/vizhome/TheGunProblemWeDontMention_1/AllDeathsvsLawRank

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