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A histogram is a visual representation of the distribution of data. There are two ways to create a histogram: 1. Select a single measure. Right-click on that measure to create a bin field. Drag the bin field from Dimensions to the Column shelf. Drag and drop...

The scatter plot, also known as a scatter diagram, scatter chart, scattergram or scatter graph, is useful to compare two different measures for patterns. Like the circle view and the side-by-side circle chart, the scatter plot also uses symbols to visualize data. The big difference...

Typical day-to-day analysis is focused on things that have happened in recent days, months or years. We seldom go far enough into the past to make us think about what to do with dates prior to “date zero” (normally, January 1, 1900). That is unless...

In my developer mind, what takes Tableau 8 from neat to amazing is the ability to manipulate, calculate and maneuver data quickly and easily. Calculated fields allow you to compare fields, apply aggregations, apply logic, concatenate strings, convert dates or perform a myriad of other analytical...

Pie charts are among the most popular, if terribly overused, charts in business presentations. They are best suited to show proportional or percentage relationships. When used in the right circumstance, pie charts can quickly show relative value to the other data points in the measure.   Figure...

We’ve already covered the other type of map view in the symbol map article. Now, let’s look at the filled map chart type. The filled map is another view ideal for geographic data. Instead of circles or squares to display data points, the filled map uses...

I’ve seen it a dozen times in classes that I have taught. A student is digging Tableau (who doesn’t?) and all of the ways that it can present data. While working through the classroom examples, everything is going smoothly. Then, someone connects to their own...

In my first InterWorks blog post, I’ve decided to write about something that I commonly used in other BI platforms. The idea of passing parameters in Microsoft and IBM products is vastly used in reporting. A user can define their parameter before running the report....

One of the great features about Tableau Software is the ease in utilizing maps for your visualizations. There are two chart types to choose from when creating a view with geographic data: symbol maps and filled maps. In this article, we’ll cover symbol maps. These...

The improvements of the Visual Data Window in Tableau 8.2 gave a breath of fresh air to the Tableau community. So far, the new design has been intuitive and user friendly. However, when I went searching for the Custom SQL option when connecting to an...

Concluding the Tableau workspace in our Tableau Essentials series is the overlooked Status Bar. It runs along the bottom of the application, beneath the Data Window and the worksheet tabs. See it pictured below in Figure 1. Figure 1: The Status Bar. Summary Information The three pieces of...

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