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NSS results 2015 visualised in Tableau

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015

Almost two years ago now we first used Alteryx and Tableau to visualise the National Student Survey. We have now updated the dataset to include the recently released 2015 data from the HEFCE website. The National Student Survey is conducted once a year amongst all UK final year university students. The results are used in university league tables, and are widely analysed to help improve the student experience. The datasets are available for you to download from the HEFCE website in Excel format. We’ve used Alteryx to combine, format and improve these files by adding in some extra fields for...

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Tableau For Sport – Passing Variation Using Box Plots

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015

Tableau For Sport – Passing Variation Using Box Plots

Over the next few weeks I am going to be exploring the various analytics tools that are native within Tableau. These tools provide quick and easy access to some common analytics features, from trend lines to distribution bands. These are without a doubt my favourite features within Tableau. “Why?” I hear you ask, well, the answer is simple. In my eyes Tableau isn’t a ‘dashboarding’ tool – yes it has this capability – but it is much more than that. Tableau’s true strength lies in its ability to provide users with the power to visually query data, a process that not only feels more...

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Tableau For Sport – Identifying Signs Of Fatigue

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015

Tableau For Sport – Identifying Signs Of Fatigue

Sports clubs spend millions of pounds every year on the latest technology and innovations to aid the process of fatigue management and injury prevention. With each new technology comes more data, more metrics and often more confusion. Two things that my experience and my learnings from others has taught me is this: Concentrate on the metrics in which you have a strong understanding of their impact Athletes need to be treated as individuals, with individualised plans and ‘person-unique’ targets With these two in mind, let’s take a look at how we can utilise Tableau to give us a quick...

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Tableau For Sport – Linking Data To Video

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015

Tableau For Sport – Linking Data To Video

“Your greatest strength can emerge as a weakness if the context changes” Harsha Bhogle – Co-author of ‘The Winning Way’   Adding context to data is vital to make the story more compelling and your insights more valuable. There are many ways in which we can add this context, this could be through metadata, storytelling, or, as we are going to discuss here, video. The use of video analysis in sport is vital as it provides the audience, be that coaches, analysts or sport scientists, a means to apply their expertise to the events that have occurred. But how do...

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The NBA letting you get closer to the game

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015

No there hasn’t been a sudden change in ticket prices that is going to allow you to sit courtside (especially hard when you live in London as the NBA would have to partner with BA to drop flight prices as well). So what have they done to make me write this blog post? Quite simply this: Great – another table of data – big woop. Lend me one more minute and then you can go and click on espn.com or grantland.com to go and see how the pro’s do this. The NBA have opened a whole new set of statistics that allow you to monitor game, assess player performance and spot trends that were previously just...

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Tableau For Sport – Creating Pass Maps

Posted by on Aug 10, 2015

Tableau For Sport – Creating Pass Maps

Pirlo, Scholes, Xavi, Zico, Platini…. Everyone’s list of football’s best passers will be different, but just like this list, what makes each individual player a world-class passer is also different. Whether it is beautiful tika-taka, cutting through balls or exquisite diagonals, there is variety in the world’s best performers and to understand them (and why they are the best), where better to start then looking at their pass maps. What Data Do I Need? So let’s be blunt about this, the data is the most important topic in pass maps, you cannot create pass maps without the correct data, so...

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