Filter Chart Data

Filter is an operation used to isolate data values from a large dataset, based on one or more conditions. If you apply one of these operations on the DataModel, it generates a new DataModel with the filtered data.

Types of filters

The predefined filters are:

  • Null
  • Not Null
  • Equal
  • Not Equal
  • Greater
  • Greater or Equal
  • Less
  • Less or Equal
  • Between
  • Begins with
  • Contains
  • Ends with

In this article, we will create a chart by applying couple of filter operations to tabular data. To begin with, let us create a simple chart showcasing Global online sales of a SuperStore. Let's create the chart using the tabular table shown below:

In the chart, Order Date Column will be represented using x-axis, whereas Sales column will be represented in the y-axis.

Order Date Country Sales
1/1/2011 Australia 120.366
1/1/2011 Australia 55.242
1/3/2011 Australia 276.102
1/3/2011 Australia 35.883
1/4/2011 United States 16.448
1/5/2011 United States 272.736
1/5/2011 United States 11.784
1/6/2011 United States 19.536
1/7/2011 United States 6.54
1/7/2011 United States 5.48
1/8/2011 United States 76.728
1/8/2011 United States 10.43
1/10/2011 Australia 1475.095
1/10/2011 United States 9.344
1/11/2011 India 141.57
1/11/2011 United States 51.94
1/11/2011 United States 2.89
1/12/2011 United States 9.94
1/13/2011 Australia 15.93
1/14/2011 United States 1325.85
1/14/2011 United States 572.58
1/15/2011 United States 61.96
1/16/2011 United States 149.95
1/17/2011 United States 18.588
1/17/2011 Australia 18.576
1/19/2011 United States 64.864
1/20/2011 United States 181.47
1/20/2011 Australia 138.753
1/21/2011 United States 1067.94
1/21/2011 United States 6.63
1/22/2011 Australia 59.724
1/24/2011 India 59.25
1/24/2011 United States 5.94
1/26/2011 India 79.38
1/26/2011 India 342.51
1/27/2011 United States 141.96
1/27/2011 United States 489.92
1/27/2011 United States 10.68
1/28/2011 Australia 531.522
1/29/2011 United States 3.928
1/31/2011 Australia 838.593

Using the above tabular data, you can build a chart that looks like the one shown below:

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Apply Filter Operations

Now, let's apply filter operation to the DataModel which consists of the data shown above. In the above tabular data, the Order Date column consists of date/time values and the Country column has names of three countries. To filter the data for United States from 1/11/2011 to 1/25/2011, run the following query:

DataModel andOperator = model.Where("Order Date is between 1/11/2011 to 1/25/2011 and Country = United States");

In the above code:

  • DataModel is a class.
  • andOperator is the object which holds the resultant data.
  • Between filter operation filters the Order Date column to the specified date/time.
  • The equals operation filters the Country column to show only the rows with the value of United States.

The output after running the above query looks the following:

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Click here to edit the above chart.

In the above chart, x-axis represents the Order Date column, whereas y-axis represents the Sales per day.

Steps to render the above chart is given below:

Create ColumnChart.aspx.cs

Create the ColumnChart.aspx.cs file and do the following:

  • Include the FusionCharts.DataEngine and FusionCharts.Visualization .dll files.
  • Create DataTable.
  • Retrieve data using database query.
  • Set server name.
  • Set DataBase name.
  • Connect with DataBase using a connection string.
  • Create StaticSource using the DataTable.
  • Create an instance of DataModel class.
  • Add DataSource to the DataModel.
  • Instantiate Column Chart.
  • Set Chart's width and height.
  • Set DataModel instance as the data source of the chart.
  • Set category field for the chart.
  • Set series field(s) for the chart.
  • Set Chart Title.
  • Finally, use a container using <div> to render the chart.

The code is shown below:

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Data;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.UI;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls;
using FusionCharts.DataEngine;
using FusionCharts.Visualization;

namespace FusionChartsVisualisationWebFormsSamples.Samples
    public partial class FirstChart: System.Web.UI.Page
        protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
            // Create data table
            DataTable primaryData = new DataTable();

            // Retrieve data using database query
            string query = "select [Order Data], [Sales] from dbo.SalesOrder";
            string connetionstring = null;

            // Servevr name
            string serverName = "FusionChartsServer";

            // DataBase name
            string databaseName = "FusionChartsSamplesDB";

            // Connection string
            connetionstring = "Data Source=" + serverName + ";Initial Catalog=" + databaseName + ";Trusted_Connection=true;";

            using (SqlConnection con = new SqlConnection(connetionstring))
                using (SqlCommand command = new SqlCommand(query, con))
                using (SqlDataAdapter da = new SqlDataAdapter(command))
            // Create static source with this data table
            StaticSource source = new StaticSource(primaryData);
            // Create instance of DataModel class
            DataModel model = new DataModel();
            // Add DataSource to the DataModel
            // Filter Applied to the tabular data
            model = model.Where("Order Date is between 1/11/2011 to 1/25/2011 and Country = United States");
            // Instantiate Column Chart
            Charts.ColumnChart column = new Charts.ColumnChart("first_chart");
            // Set Chart's width and height
            // Set DataModel instance as the data source of the chart
            column.Data.Source = model;
            // Set Chart Title
            column.Caption.Text = "Online sales of SuperStore";
            // set chart subtitle
            column.SubCaption.Text = "Online sales of SuperStore";
            // set x axis
            column.XAxis.Text = "Order Date";
            // set y axis
            column.YAxis.Text = "Sales";
            // hide chart legend
            column.Legend.Show = false;
            // Render the chart to 'Literal1' literal control
            Literal1.Text = column.Render();

Create .aspx Template

The .aspx template for the above sample is shown below:

<!DOCTYPE html>

<html xmlns="">
<head runat="server">
    <script type="text/javascript" src="//"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript" src="//"></script>

    <form id="form1" runat="server">
            <asp:Literal ID="Literal1" runat="server"></asp:Literal>

To get the detailed description about the filter operations listed above, click here.