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# Advance with Assist: Creating a Distribution of Sales in Tableau

Question: How would I go about calculating how many states generate a specific percentage range of sales? Like > 10% of total sales as an example? I want to know where to target more marketing efforts. Can you help me get started?

As with most things Tableau, there are a variety of ways someone could approach this question: a combination of calculations, building a view then using table calculations, etc. I like the approach of writing multiple calculations because it simplifies my process. Both options can work, but the former is my preference.

## What Is Needed

We need three pieces of information to build the view this client was after. I will use Sample Superstore data if you want to duplicate this in your Tableau workbook:

1. Total Sales
2. State Percentage of Total Sales
3. The Distribution Logic desired

## Total Sales

For this calculation, I decided to use a FIXED level-of-detail calculation (LOD for short). It looks like this:

## State Percentage of Total Sales

Again, I will be using a FIXED LOD for this calculation but this time with the addition of the State to pull in each State level to the calc:

## The Distribution Logic

For this calculation, we only need to determine the final distribution logic we want for our Tableau report. The question posed mentioned >10%, so let’s build that out.

For reference, so far, our Tableau report could look something like this with these calculations added to a sales report:

You could add additional logic with ELSEIF if you needed to group more than two ranges.

My final report now gives me the states that I was after for the distribution questions:

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