I've imported a SHP via zip folder, and it appears to import correctly in the Data View.

However, in Map View, when I select the Category option one of my twelve items is listed as "Others." In addition, when I change the visualized column, a different item is listed as "Others."

Does anyone have any idea as to what I'm doing incorrectly? Does my question make sense? I don't know if this has anything to do with it, but I had imported an earlier version, but deleted it. Does it have to do with importing an updated file?

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  • Welcome! Adding a screen capture of what you're asking about would be helpful.
    – MaryBeth
    Commented Dec 18, 2015 at 17:44

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CartoDB creates category maps based on the ten most numerous items in a column. If the number of unique items is above ten, the 11th, 12th, etc. are binned into "Other".

If you would like to change this, you can go to the CartoCSS tray and add additional rules to let your items show through.

Each additional rule looks like:

#layer[interesting_category_column="other_interesting_item"] {
    polygon-fill: new color in hex or rgb() function

You need to change the layer name to what the others are in your dataset, the column name to be what the others are like, and other_interesting_item to be the other item that you want to be symbolized. Further, you need to select a color for the scheme. The category items were chosen from colorbrewer so you can select more colors that fit within that scheme.

To update your Legend, click on the Legend tray and then the blue </> in the upper right corner to update the HTML behind the legend to make your new item appear. There you simply copy the <li> ... </li> and update the hex color and words.

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