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Learning Tableau by reverse engineering

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015

Ways of learning Tableau Tableau is a very well documented software which makes it easy to learn this anyway user friendly tool. There are a vast variety of videos and articles available on various aspects of Tableau and a simple google search will also deliver relevant results. Sources like Tableau’s knowledge base, Tableau’s online help, quick start guides, blogs like ours among other sources provide descriptions of proven methods, how-to tutorials, all readily available documentations. Another way of learning is to create dashboards from scratch. That gives practical...

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Show me How: Stacked Bars

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015

Show me How: Stacked Bars

In this instalment of our Show me How series we cover creating stacked bars in Tableau and when is best to use them.

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Data Viz: Crisis in A&E?

Posted by on Jan 19, 2015

Data Viz: Crisis in A&E?

So did you see this amazing Viz by Kelly Martin? http://vizcandy.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/the-nuclear-energy-option.html. Just take a look, talk about inspirational… …well so I was inspired, I haven’t done a public Viz in a while and so I set off to look for something that grabbed my attention data-wise, I turned to the news (always a good place to get good ideas for data visualisations). The NHS was high on the agenda on the news items and what’s more the admissions data for A&E is open source so I went to grab the data from here. If you look you’ll see .xls and .csv files and neither are...

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Backing up Workbooks and Datasources from Tableau Server

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015

Backing up Workbooks and Datasources from Tableau Server

We’re going to utilise the Tableau XML information files with a first foray into Powershell to automate the backup of contents from our Tableau server.

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Self Blends and Data Padding

Posted by on Jan 8, 2015

Self Blends and Data Padding

We’re going to recap the power of the Tableau “self blend” before drilling into potential issues you might face given the structure of your underlying data. As the title of the blog suggests we’ll then explore how “data padding” can help resolve those issues.

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Show Me How: Pie charts

Posted by on Jan 6, 2015

Show Me How: Pie charts

In this blog post I’ll be talking about the much maligned pie chart and how to create one from scratch in Tableau. Now, I don’t want this post to turn into a debate on the merits of various chart types, but I will say this: personally I tend to avoid using pie charts, partly because of the vitriol I know I would receive from my colleagues and the Tableau community, but primarily because I buy into Stephen Few’s assessment that the human eye struggles to correctly compare areas and angles, and therefore there will always be a better way of presenting data. That said, depending on my mood at...

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