Map Clustering Gives Your Map More Meaning

Showmymap has several built-in features to help users makes sense out of a map with lots of data points. Rather than get overwhelmed by the sheer number of markers displayed on a map, our tool help you make more sense of the data in your map.

Showmymap map clustering algorithm looks for markers that are close to each other, group them together and replaces them with an icon. That icon is automatically labeled (by default) with the number of markers it contains. This icon can also be used to show the average or sum of specific data. This makes it easier to filter out the noise common to information overload and gain insights quickly and easier.

When you have a map with 300 or more locations, we automatically enable the clustering feature on your map. You can change this setting under advanced options when creating a new map or editing an existing one.  A basic map with clusters displays the number of markers it represents. The size of the diameter representing the circle varies directly with the number of markers in the map.

As you zoom in or out of your clustered map, your map is continuously recalibrated which causes the number of markers on display to change. If you click on a cluster, you’re automatically shown individual markers (if the markers aren’t much) or sub-clusters.

If your map is grouped using an additional data located in your spreadsheet, the Showmymap mapping tool takes that into account when displaying the clusters on your map. You’ll only see selected data, and the groups present within the clusters, which are shown as a pie chart.

While map clustering is a useful way to gain insight and understanding of dense markers, the average and sum function embedded inside our Showmymap tool can help you gain a deeper insight and knowledge.

Show The Average of Clustered Values

When you have clustering enabled on your map, you’ll get an option to show the average of some data within the map marker. Take for an example, suppose we have the data for the median income of every county in the United States, which has over 3,000 data points to be fitted on a map, clustering might help make sense and gain knowledge into such large data.

Click on the “Set and Validate” option and scroll below to find the advanced options section.

In advance options;

Tick the box – “enable clustering for high-density markers.”

Tick the box with – “When clustering show the average of” and select the field to show

With the settings updated, your map will replace the densely packed markers with clusters whose label is the average of the field chosen. This is quite useful in the world of

Real estate, e.g., helps show the average sale price of homes

Journalism e.g., helps show the average health score of restaurants

Sales, e.g., helps show the average deal size by region

Clustering can help you cut down on the visual clutters caused by inputting a massive amount (or huge) data which is exactly what our tool does for you.

Show the Sum of Clustered Values

In advanced options.

Tick the box with the label; “enable clustering for high-density markers.

Tick the box with the label; “when clustering show the”

Select “sum” and “count” from drop down box

Updating your settings with this configuration will label each of your clusters with the sum of the field chosen. The sum option is an ideal tool that can be used for:

Sales, e.g., calculate and show the total value of deals that take place in a deal.  

Journalism, e.g., show the total number of crimes committed by neighborhood.

Retail, e.g., show the total items shelved in an area.

As you can see, our clustering technology helps you get more meaning from your data. Try Showmymap today!