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It’s a common trope in the data analytics community to tsk tsk at any mention or appearance of the poor pie chart. There’s no other chart type that collects such derision and disdain. But why? Let’s tackle the pie chart and explain how it is...

In the final installment of this series on time-based comparisons, we are diving into comparing a single day’s performance against the historical performance for that particular weekday. To clarify the purpose of this post, suppose that the most recent day you have recorded is a Wednesday....

Tableau’s Device Designer helps you lay out dashboards to fit different screens, but designing for mobile is about more than screen size. Once you’ve sized and arranged everything, you aren’t done until you consider how mobile interactions differ from laptop or desktop computers. Let’s go through...

Quite frequently, students in training will ask “How do I make a gauge in Tableau?” While it's possible, it's not one of the default chart types in Tableau and can be somewhat time consuming. Instead, I recommend using bullet graphs, but why? What is it about...

One of my favorite announcements at TC16 was the new ability for Tableau to natively read shapefiles. Shapefile (.SHP) is a data type used for storing maps. This feature totally revolutionizes the things we can accomplish with our maps inside of Tableau. For more information on using shapefiles...

Let’s continue our exploration of dates in our Deep Dive. In Part 6, we’re going to focus on how we can create rolling dates. A rolling date is taking a specific date, such as order date, and then adding a certain amount of days, months or...

Let’s continue on with our Deep Dive into Dates. This article, we’ll explore custom dates. The name admittedly is a bit of a misnomer and only really make sense if you understand date parts and date values. Make sure to catch up on this series...

We’re continuing our Deep Dive into Dates with an examination of the Exact Date value. Remember to catch up on the previous three articles where I introduced dates (discrete vs. continuous) and some key date functions. Let’s get started! Exactly What is Exact Date? In our first...

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