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# Tableau Tips Tag

## Let’s Math It Out in Tableau!

We’ve kicked off 2015 with answers to some of our most commonly asked questions. Another problem that appears involves a simple piece of functionality – totals.  We know that Tableau can create totals for us through the Analysis menu. In Tableau 8.1, a new feature called...

## Tableau Essentials: Formatting Tips – Labels

Today, we’re going to cover labels and some of the tricks and tips you can use with your visualization. To start, let’s take a simple horizontal bar chart. Our bar chart shows the penetration of Internet usage of countries with 200 million people or more. Now,...

## Tableau Essentials: Formatting Tips – Custom Shapes

Today, we’ll look at some formatting ideas that you can use on your next visualization. Specifically, we’ll look at using custom shapes to serve as our marks. Here is a simple table illustrating where players from the 2014 World Cup play their club football: Club Location field...

## Tableau Essentials: Formatting Tips – Introduction

Now that we have some basics out of the way and a few chart types in our arsenal, it’s time to move onto some of the finer points of data visualization in Tableau. First, let’s talk about formatting. Most of us know the saying, “don’t judge...

## 10 Tableau Maxims

What is a maxim? According to Merriam-Webster: “A general truth, fundamental principle or rule of conduct.”  Recently, I read a book called “Clear and Simple as the Truth” that got me thinking about maxims. The authors reference a French essayist named François de La Rochefoucauld, who wrote a book...

## Row-Level Highlighting in Tableau

Highlight tables can be a great way to help users quickly spot the most interesting values in a table of numbers. In cases where multiple variables are displayed, Measure Values can be used to apply a single color scheme to all of the values in...

## Tableau Essentials: Chart Types – Packed Bubbles

The packed bubbles view, also known as a bubble chart, is a means to show relational value without regards to axes. The bubbles are packed in as tightly as possible to make efficient use of space.  There are a lot of different ways to use this...

## Grappling with Data: The 2014 IBJJF Seattle International Open Visualized in Tableau

In this post, we'll have a little fun with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or BJJ for short. I recently began training in BJJ at the Renzo Gracie Academy in Portland, OR. I feel very fortunate to have found a facility full of great people to be around,...

## What Tableau IS and IS NOT

During the Christmas holiday, I noticed this tweet from a friend, Paul Banoub: This frustration isn’t uncommon. About 25% of the clients I’ve worked with during the last seven years have underutilized Tableau initially because they didn’t use Tableau’s visual analytics (available via Show Me) to...

## Tableau Essentials: Chart Types – Bullet Graph

A bullet graph is a very powerful way to compare data against historical performance or pre-assigned thresholds. As you’ll see, we can include a lot of information in a small space with this type of chart that is also Tableau’s answer to those looking for...

During the past year, I’ve given lots of speeches and spoken with hundreds of people that are using Tableau. Many are expanding their Tableau Server deployments. Most people want to know how to ensure success or improve the utilization of the tool. They want to...

## Tableau Essentials: Chart Types – Gantt Chart

The Gantt chart was invented back in the 1910s by Mr. Henry Gantt as a way to visualize a schedule or progression of time. Since then, the Gantt chart has become a staple of project management methodology. Each task can be planned as an individual...

## Understanding Sequential and Diverging Color Palettes in Tableau

Tableau has two ways of coloring continuous measures: sequential and diverging gradients. The common understanding is that sequential palettes vary the intensity of one color while diverging palettes use two contrasting colors. This is generally true, but there’s much more to the story. Knowing how...

## Tableau Essentials: Chart Types – Box-and-Whisker Plot

Compared to the other chart types, the box-and-whisker plot (also known as the box plot) is a bit more complicated. Before we can delve into an example of how it is used within Tableau Software, we have to explain the logic behind this type of...

## Tableau Essentials: Chart Types – Histogram

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...

## Tableau Essentials: Chart Types – Scatter Plot

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...

## Tableau Essentials: Chart Types – Area Charts (Continuous & Discrete)

The area chart is a combination between a line graph and a stacked bar chart. It shows relative proportions of totals or percentage relationships. By stacking the volume beneath the line, the chart shows the total of the fields as well as their relative size...

## Tableau Viz: A Scatter Plot with a Twist – The Movement Plot

The Challenge Visualize movement from Date A to Date B with one dimension and two measures. More specifically, display how these measures interact with each other and affect the outcome or performance of the dimension over time. This problem was posed to me by one of...

## Designing a Classic Timeline in Tableau

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...

## Fun with Finances in Tableau: I Go to Starbucks Way too Often

Because I have just that much free time, I thought I’d take a gander at my spending so far this year using Tableau. The holiday shopping season is coming up, and I wanted to know if I would have any money left to fill stockings...

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