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Donut* charts offer a quick, high-level view of data dimensions that have few members, and together, contribute to a whole. Essentially, it's a pie chart with a hole. It's not glamorous, but it's quick and informative. The extra level introduced by the donut hole allows...

If you’re reading this post, you already know that the trend line is the gold standard when it comes to viewing data over time. However, the visual impact of a trend line plummets if the data are too thin. The images below highlight a common...

This is the second in a three part series related to the four types of pills in Tableau. As mentioned previously, the four data types are discrete dimension, continuous dimension, discrete measure, and continuous measure. The first part of this series discussed the differences between...

Take control of metadata while developing a visualization by employing these CALCULATED FIELD techniques. They make a workbook self-documenting, improve ease of navigation and enable searching of calculated fields. These methods will provide structure during development as well as documentation for future desktop publishers: Apply Metadata...

However strange it may seem at the surface, converting from a higher-education music instructor to a data geek was fairly seamless. Consider this: For as many years as I was teaching, I was gathering data. Tons of data. This included student attendance, grades, rubrics, advisement,...

In the spirit of the season and inspired by Tiffany’s recent blog post (Design Efficiently in Tableau) listed below are three underutilized features of the Tableau 8.x families that will save you some time during design and analysis. Clipboard data source Tableau Status Bar, worksheet summary...

The Problem Many times, it is necessary to display content in Tableau in a verbose manner. For example: displaying comments from a survey or showing lengthy project descriptions or calls to action in an executive dashboard. Connecting Tableau to a database with long string fields or textarea...

One of the best new features of Tableau 8.1 is SAML integration. SAML is an open source web-based authentication standard that uses XML to authenticate users. In Tableau, SAML can be used as an alternative to trusted tickets, so you will still need to create the...

One of the much anticipated features of Tableau 8.1 is integration with R. Following is a compilation of notes and observations about this integration for those of you beginning to use this new feature. This was done using 8.1 Desktop and R installed on the...

This is the first in a three part series related to the four types of pills in Tableau. The four pill types are discrete dimension, continuous dimension, discrete measure, and continuous measure. Grasping these concepts is important to understanding Tableau and relational databases in general....

As an InterWorks Consultant, I get the privilege of traveling around the country at times to teach Tableau. In these classes are a variety of different people from different backgrounds and organizations. From CTOs and CIOs, to business analysts and just data geeks who desire...

Occasionally, you will find the need to compare filtered data against the total data source. As Tableau's filters remove the data from the data partition, this can sometimes be a tricky problem. You might be tempted to try the "Total" function in a formula like the...

Neutrality has always been a key concern in data analysis. As analysts, it is critical that we not introduce our own bias into the interpretation of data. Anyone who has had a statistics class is familiar with the importance of random samples and neutral questions....

With Tableau 8, users gained the ability to color marks by multiple dimensions on a single axis with some automatic combined field magic. What happens though, when you want color by a dimension and a measure? In the past, I have separated out members of...

If I were to ask you to name the three most significant factors that predict the murder rate within a geographic area, then I would expect you would name some measure of median income. To test this hypothesis, we could do a simple linear regression...

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