Partition Transform

The partition transform computes the layout for an adjacency diagram: a space-filling variant of a node-link tree diagram. Rather than drawing a link between parent and child in the hierarchy, nodes are drawn as solid areas (either arcs or rectangles), and their placement relative to other nodes reveals their position in the hierarchy. The size of the nodes encodes a quantitative dimension that might be difficult to convey in a node-link diagram.

Internally, this transform processes a collection of special tree node objects generated by an upstream nest or stratify transform. The original input data object can be accessed under the data field of these tree node objects. This transform uses the d3-hierarchy library.


Transform Parameters

Property Type Description
field Field The data field corresponding to a numeric value for the node. The sum of values for a node and all its descendants is available on the node object as the value property. This field determines the size of a node. If unspecified, the layout will instead tally the counts of leaf nodes.
sort Compare A comparator for sorting sibling nodes. The inputs to the comparator are tree node objects, not input data objects.
padding Number The padding to include between adjacent nodes (default 0).
round Boolean Indicates if node layout values should be rounded (default false).
size Number[ ] The size of the layout, provided as a [width, height] array.
as String[ ] The output fields at which to write the layout results. The default is ["x0", "y0", "x1", "y1", "depth", "children"], where x0, y0, x1 and y1 are the starting and ending layout coordinates for each segment, depth is the tree depth, and children is the count of a node’s children in the tree.


  "type": "partition",
  "field": "value",
  "padding": 1,
  "size": [{"signal": "width"}, {"signal": "height"}]

Computes a partition layout with 1 pixel padding between nodes, using the full width and height of the view. Leaf nodes are sized proportionally to the value field.