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Create Comparison Reports


This workflow will no longer be available after the Business Analyst Web App release in early 2019. Its replacement, the New Comparison Reports workflow, is already available in the application.

New Comparison Reports includes all the functionality of the Comparison Reports workflow, along with additional functionalities such as:

  • Compare more than 20 sites at a time.
  • Dynamically create comparison tables and charts.
  • Share your custom comparison reports with others.
  • Create benchmark comparisons and visualize how far above or below the chosen variables are from the benchmark.
See New Comparison Reports and try it out.

Comparison Reports allow you to create reports that compare your sites based on a set of popular categories. These popular categories include population, households, income, and housing as well as customizable reports. Options also include comparing your sites to a benchmark and geographies.

Click the Reports tab and click Comparison Reports.

Comparison Reports opens with the Comparison Report Setup dialog box. By using the following steps, you can create your comparison reports.

Choose the sites you want to compare from the site panel above.

The sites you have selected, by clicking the check box of the site in the site panel, appear in the Selected Sites list in step 1.

The following options help you tailor your comparison report for these selected sites.

Selected geographies to compare to your sites.

This second optional step allows you to compare the selected sites against the respective geographies. Selecting a geography from the drop-down lists will add the site to the comparison graphs and table in step 3. The geographies available in each drop-down list are based on the sites you select in step 1.

This step alleviates the creation of geography sites for comparison purposes. If you want to compare sites to a geography that is not automatically available in the drop-down lists in step 2, you can create a geography site under Select Location, using Select Geographies, and select it for comparison in step 1.

Each drop-down list is populated based on the sites you have selected. For example, for a point-based site, the ZIP Code drop-down list includes the ZIP Code where the point-based site lies. For a hand-drawn polygon, all ZIP Codes that the polygon touches are added to the ZIP Code drop-down list.

Select a site or geography to use as a benchmark.

This third optional step allows you to select a site, geography, or summary statistic to benchmark for comparison and see how the other selected sites and geographies compare to the benchmark values. The sites available for selection as a benchmark are the same as those selected in step 1. The geographies are the same as those available in step 2. In addition, you can select the average or median values calculated from all the selected sites in step 1 to serve as a benchmark. This is useful if you do not have a benchmark site but still want to see which sites selected in step 1 are above or below average relative to each other.

View graphs and tables for popular variables:

You can choose from Population, Households, Income, and Housing, or you can customize your own criteria.

Click one of the buttons (Population, Households, Income, or Housing) to view the results of your Comparison Report setup. The Comparison Report appears containing the results of your selection from the steps in the previous page.

The appearance of the results will vary depending on your selection; however, the viewing options are similar for Population, Households, Income, and Housing.

The tabs allow you to see the results of the other options. You can select the view using the toggle for graph view or table view. Graph view is the default.

Select graph view or table view.

If a benchmark site has been selected, it appears first on the graph and is indicated as the Benchmark.

You can also select the data to view using the toggle for 2016 or 2021. The default is 2016.

Select the year

You can return to the Comparison Report Setup page anytime by clicking Back to Comparison Report Setup.

Click to return to the Comparison Report Setup.

Click Print to print the report.

Click Export to Excel to export the results to Excel.

    Table View

    Table View presents the comparison data in a tabular view and provides options for manipulating the table.

    You can select the layout for the variables to appear in columns or rows, and click the check box to expand rings, drive times, or donuts.

    Select the layout for your variables.

Create Custom Comparison Reports

You can create custom comparison reports to rerun at any time. These reports can be used to compare metrics from variables you select and save for future analysis.

  1. From the Comparison Report Setup dialog box, select your sites for comparison and click the Customize button in step 4.Or, from the Comparison Report screen within the population, households, income, or housing screens, click the Customize tab.
  2. Select your variables by using the search for a variable name, an issue or an area of interest text box.
    • You can use the search for a variable name, an issue or an area of interest text box.
    • You can browse the categories and search within the category you choose. My Data, Favorites, By Source and Show All provide specific data.
  3. With the variable results, you can refine the results by keyword or changing the year. Click the check box for the variables you want in the customized report.

    The checked variables appear in Selected variables on the right.

    Continue until you have added all the variables you want to include in the report. You can reorder the variable list.

    To clear the selected variables, click Clear all.

Save lists

Once you have selected the variables for your list, you can save them.

  1. Click Save List.

    The Save Variables List dialog box appears.

  2. Type the name of the list in the text box and click Save.

    The saved lists appear in Saved lists.

View Table or View Graph

Once you have selected the variables for your custom comparison report, you can click View Table or View Graph to view the results in the respective table.

To print your custom comparison reports, click Print. The Print dialog box appears for you to print your report.

To export your custom comparison reports, click Export to Excel.

Export to Excel