Data

There has been much interesting debate about David McCandless’ Information Is Beautiful this week, initiated by a well written critical piece by Stephen Few. I am pleased he has challenged the orthodox view that McCandless is the answer to the data visualisation industry’s problems. On both...

The azaleas are blooming in Georgia and that means golf’s finest will be trekking to Augusta for the first major of the year. You probably know Jack Nicklaus has won more here than anyone – 6 times over 3 decades. And, you may...

Unlike any other tool I've used before, Tableau invites exploration. One can start with a blank canvas and end up who knows where. That's what makes Tableau fun to use. However strange that word looks when used in a work context, it's true. I had a...

Earlier today, I posted on the Tableau Forum, suggesting it would be great if Tableau did 3D pie charts. Well, I didn't think it would be possible, but using some data pre-processing techniques, and hacking the preferences.tps, I've worked out a way of doing 3d...

Ujval Gandhi commented on my post about dual axis formatting. He asked if you could use dual axes/parameters to choose between showing a bar and a line chart. Turns out that, yes, you can: It's quite a simple trick: Choose to show a bar or line chart...

You've built a nice chart using synchronised dual axes (maybe it's a lollipop chart - as described in my previous posts!). It looks great, but you're just left with a niggling little design flaw: those dual axis sure take up a lot of space, at...

The earthquake and tsunami near Sendai, Japan have resulted in 3,370 confirmed deaths and over 6,700 missing. No doubt more bad news will be coming over the next few days as Japan completes search & rescue efforts. Unfortunately, our recent memory includes similar disasters...

Nathan Yau at Flowing Data posted some interesting data from TV Guide. TV’s Top Earners includes compensation data for some of of the highest paid actors and personalities on television. Pay for actors (comedy and drama) is expressed on a per episode basis,...

I enjoy reading many different blogs that include data visualizations, particularly those that include Tableau Public posts. A couple of weeks ago I ran across an interesting visualization at Russian Sphinx. Her post included a dashboard of World Health Organization data on road...

  Over at Flowing Data, Nathan Yau sent out the challenge to visualize the Pew Research Center data about how people get their news. There are many excellent examples created that can be seen over in the Flowing Data comments (some very different, some improving...

Tableau provides many types of filter including range filters for dates and numerical data, but what of textual dimensions? For instance lets say we have a dimension with data in the following format, 3-digit months with a 2-digit year and a period used by the...

Flowing data posted nice and clear instructions on how to make bubble charts using R. It's a great post, and I thought it would be a good thing to show how to create the same chart in Tableau. Readers can compare and contrast the ease...

This is the third post on simple tricks that are available in version 6. This one represents a common request we get. The client says "I want to compare the performance of x against everyone else." What is x? Well, it could be Customers, Departments,...

You may have seen my response to an Information is Beautiful post. Here's the viz I used in that post: Wikipedia banner testsThe effectiveness of donation appeals on Wikipedia Powered by Tableau This uses sheet tabs to create an "About this viz" tab. It is good practise...

Those of you who follow me on twitter (@acotgreave) will probably know that most Fridays I get involved in the rathe excellent FridayMix. This week it reaches its first birthday. I downloaded the full list of all 3500+ tracks that have appeared on a FridayMix...

Following the budget cuts announced yesterday by George Osbourne I, like I'm sure many of you, have been trying to get to grips with what these cuts will mean for the country going forward. Clicking through some of the reaction on the BBC new website...

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