I'm trying to do a time series in carto.

My data table has the following:

-polygon geometry (geom)
-polygon name (string) - eg State name
-category (string)
-date (datetime)

Someone asked the question I'm looking to answer as Is it possible to add a timeline play button in CARTO Builder?, but even though I have a timedate column, and have been able to add the widget, when I look under the style tab, I don't have the animated option.

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Does anyone have any idea what the issue is?

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Aggregated styles are only available for point data. Layers containing other geometries, such as lines or polygons, won't show the AGGREGATION options in the STYLE tab.

A possible workaround is to use a Centroid Analysis to find the centroids of your polygons, which will result in a point layer, then style that point layer as an animated map.

You can learn more about these analysis in the corresponding CARTO Guides: Animated Maps and Find Centroid From Geometries

  • Hi arredond, will there ever be an animated style for polygon geometries?
    – AndreasK
    Commented May 22, 2017 at 7:09

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