Variable Menu Improvements & More

Hello readers! We hope you are enjoying the holiday season as much as we are. Today, we are happy to announce a couple of improvements to SimplyAnalytics designed to help you get your research done more efficiently. Let’s check it out!

Variable Menu Changes

This first of two changes to the variable menus is rooted in customer suggestions that revolved around the same sort of question, namely: is there a way to quickly add in additional years or the # or % version of this variable? As of this week, the answer to this question is yes!

Now, when you are in a report and want to add in other years of data quickly, simply click on the variable name and refer to the Add Other Years text in the menu that displays.

In the example below, the chosen data variable is # Hispanic or Latino Population for the year 2021, but notice in the Add Other Years option, you are now welcome to instantly add in years from 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2025 and 2026.

Introducing Histograms to SimplyAnalytics

Welcome readers! Today we are excited to welcome histograms to SimplyAnalytics. We hope you enjoy this wonderful new visualization as much as we do. Let’s take a look.

What is a histogram?

In short, a histogram is similar to a bar chart, but instead groups values into ranges (referred to as “bins”). The height of each bar displays how many values fall within that bin.


Let’s take a look at an easy to read example. The histogram view can be found under New View > Histogram in the program. The example below is showing the % of adults (pop 25+) with a bachelor’s degree or higher in States in the USA.


Each bin size, or bar width along the X axis represents a 5% range – so, 20-25%, 25-30%, etc. (zoomed in below)