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A powerful feature within Alteryx is the Download tool under the Connectors tab. It’s useful for pulling information down from the web. As the amount of data available on the web grows, the value of being able to pull information into a workable format in...

The recent floods in Texas and Oklahoma hit home for me. I live outside of Dallas and InterWorks has three offices in Oklahoma. We’ve seen double our normal rainfall this year, leading to major floods impacting metropolitan areas. People have lost homes and family members. All...

Every day, we are flooded with data visualizations. Whether it’s a bar chart in a newspaper, an infographic you see online or a pie chart you see in a quarterly earnings report, people are turning numbers into pictures all around us. For those of us...

In today’s article, we’ll examine User Functions that you can use as part of the Create Calculated Field tool. To access this window, right-click on either the Measure or Dimension window and select Create Calculated Field. Then, select User from the function drop-down menu. The user...

I’ve admired Kelly’s Tableau Public work and her blog for several years. Late last year, I was in Vancouver giving a talk. That gave me the opportunity to have dinner with Kelly along with the George Gorczynski, the Tableau Picasso. We talked about data viz for several hours over dinner and had...

My career path was illuminated by Stephen Few. Eight years ago, I was looking for a solution to a problem. Stephen’s advice led me to Tableau. His books have been foundational in my understanding of effective communication through data visualization. Edward Tufte’s books are entertaining and informative....

My first post on the Tableau Community highlighted the real people that make it work in the form of a “Thank You” viz. It told the story of the most active 872 members using their avatars to create a mosaic representing the Tableau logo. But,...

A little over a week ago, a few of my colleagues and I attended the OpenVis Conference in Boston and had a blast learning about new open source visualization technologies and hearing ideas for creating on the web. The lineup was full of amazing speakers,...

Today, we’ll continue our exploration of the functions you can use when you create a calculated field. We covered Logical Functions and Number Functions in the two previous articles on this topic. Now, we’ll cover Date Functions. To bring up the Calculated Field window, right-click anywhere...

It’s been said before, but what makes Tableau unlike any other data visualization tool out there is the community surrounding it. People don’t just use Tableau – they live it. There are so many helpful resources out there, be it blogs or social media channels,...

A few years ago, I decided to try to count all of the database products that were available. After spending several hours on a Friday evening trying to count all of them, I gave up at around 2 a.m., having counted 200. I classified them...

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