get data from selected slice of google charts PieChart

i have big trouble trying to get the value of the selected slice of a PieChart when its clicked.

The documentation says:

selection_array: An array of selected objects, each one describing a data element in the underlying table used to create the visualization (a DataView or a DataTable). Each object has properties row and/or column, with the index of the row and/or column of the selected item in the underlying DataTable. If the row property is null, then the selection is a column; if the column property is null, then the selection is a row; if both are non-null, then it is a specific data *item. You can call the DataTable.getValue()* method to get the value of the selected item. The retrieved array can be passed into setSelection()

in my case i get null from getSelection(), then i couldnt figure out what to do to get the value i want (the label of the column corresponding to that slice).

Any answer will be very apreciated :)

the example code of what im doing:

google.load('visualization', '1', {packages: ['controls']});

var data;
var pie_area;

function drawVisualization() {
  // Prepare the data
  data = google.visualization.arrayToDataTable([
    ["rbd", "nombre", "area", "dependencia", "simceMat", "ubicacionLon", "ubicacionLat", "simceLen", "nivel"],
    [22616, "Colegio Mozart", "Urbana", "Part_Sub", 228, -72.981148, -41.479872, 254, "Basico"],
    [22686,"Escuela Basica Camelias","Urbana","Muni",228,-72.980075,-41.474599,253, "Medio"],
    [40351,"Colegio Bosquemar","Urbana","Part_Sub",290,-72.981148,-41.479872,280, "Medio"],
    [7633,"Escuela Capitan Arturo Prat Chacon","Urbana","Muni",317,-72.909565,-41.474567,314, "Basico"],
    [7659,"Escuela Rural Alerce","Rural","Muni",230,-72.91767,-41.399121,249, "Basico"],
    [7671,"Escuela Rural Lagunitas","Rural","Muni",261,-72.964282,-41.459485,269, "Medio"],
    [7690,"Escuela Rural Rio Blanco","Rural","Muni",217,-72.638597,-41.455786,229, "Medio"],
    [7700,"Colegio San Francisco Javier","Urbana","Part",305,-72.942089,-41.470351,303, "Basico"],
    [7717,"Instituto Aleman de Puerto Montt","Urbana","Part",321,-72.932482,-41.470001,310, "Medio"],
    [7718,"The American School","Urbana","Part",317,-72.909,-41.456,314, "Medio"]

  var fltArea = new google.visualization.ControlWrapper({
    'controlType': 'CategoryFilter',
    'containerId': 'f1',
    'options': {
      'filterColumnLabel': 'area',
      'ui': {
      'labelStacking': 'vertical',
        'allowTyping': false,
        'allowMultiple': false

  pie_area = new google.visualization.ChartWrapper({
      'chartType': 'PieChart',
      'containerId': 'chart2',
      'options': {
        'width': 300,
        'height': 300,
        'legend': 'none',
        'title': 'Area',
        'pieSliceText': 'label'
      'view': {'columns': [2]}

  new google.visualization.Dashboard(document.getElementById('dashboard')).bind([fltArea], [pie_area]).draw(data);, 'select', onAreaSliceSelected);


function onAreaSliceSelected(){
  var sel = pie_area.getChart().getSelection(); //is always null
  console.log('you selected '+sel); //displays you selected null



The issue is in how your chart/data is set up.

You are currently aggregating all the data from column 2 to generate the chart. In this case you have 7 Urbana, and 3 Rural for your values, so it aggregates those 10 rows into two categories. Since each slice of the pie refers to a set of aggregate values, and pie charts only allow a single value to be selected, you can't get the selection of three rows that way.

Additionally, your category selector doesn't provide much use as it currently is, because if you select either Urbana or Rural, you end up getting a pie chart showing 100% of a single category.

If you set up your data differently, you will properly get an array of objects whenever you select a slice, as in this example:

function drawVisualization() {
  // Create and populate the data table.
  var data = google.visualization.arrayToDataTable([
    ['Task', 'Hours per Day'],
    ['Work', 11],
    ['Eat', 2],
    ['Commute', 2],
    ['Watch TV', 2],
    ['Sleep', 7]

  // Create and draw the visualization.
  pieChart = new google.visualization.PieChart(document.getElementById('visualization'));
  pieChart.draw(data, {title:"So, how was your day?"});, 'select', onAreaSliceSelected);

function onAreaSliceSelected(){
  var sel = pieChart.getSelection(); //is always null
  alert('you selected '+sel); //displays you selected null


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