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Good to Great; Formatting Bar Charts

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015

Good to Great; Formatting Bar Charts

For the next in this series I wanted to visit formatting, in particular how do you get your bar charts to “pop”. Yes Tableau go to lots of effort to make them Good by default, but with a little effort we can make them Great. Take this example, top = Good, bottom = Great:   Here’s a video with the steps needed to improve your bar chart...

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Speed Challenge 2015 @ London Tableau Conference

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015

Speed Challenge 2015 @ London Tableau Conference

Another year on and we’re into the third round of our data analysis experiment. For those who’ve not attended a London Tableau Conference (also known as TC On Tour) each year we challenge conference attendees to create a dashboard in Tableau which conforms to our specifications as fast as possible. We love showing Tableau to customers and prospects alike because it allows us to build from scratch, showing people exactly what it’s going to be like for them to use in their day job. We love it so much many of us can do it in our sleep, but what about people who don’t do...

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Tableau: Good to Great; Help I can’t Filter!

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015

Tableau: Good to Great; Help I can’t Filter!

Ever had the situation where you create a new calculation and drag it to the filter box, only to find you can’t drop it on the filters pane. So frustrating, this tips walks you through a potential solution.

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Tableau: Good to Great; Alignment and Text Tables

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015

Tableau: Good to Great; Alignment and Text Tables

This video gives you two quick tips for the price of one, all thanks to a natty little calculation that looks like this: If you’ve used this calculation before then you’ll be aware just how deceptive appearances can be. Watch the video to find out how to use this calculation to align your visualisation elements exactly as you need them, and how to use them to conditionally format text...

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Show Me How: Box-and-whisker plot

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015

Show Me How: Box-and-whisker plot

We have arrived to a special chart type in our Show Me How series. Box plots, also called box-and-whisker plots tell us about the distribution of measure’s data values by indicating the important statistical values of the median (Q2), upper quartile (Q3), lower quartile (Q1), visually expressing the interquartile range (between Q3 and Q1) and the minimum and maximum values of the measure. The median is the data value that splits all the values to two parts in a way that half of them is smaller than the median and the other half is bigger. Three quarters of the data values are below the...

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Tableau: Good to Great; Hiding Options in Quick Filters

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015

Tableau: Good to Great; Hiding Options in Quick Filters

Have you ever needed to hide an option in a quick filter? You need to give the user the ability to make selections from a field but don’t want them choosing a particular option. Then this tip will really give you a great option for that using Sets. Is probably one of the most common tips I get asked for by people who’ve got good at Tableau but are struggling to build the dashboards and views they want. Here’s a video showing this latest tip. Enjoy! How do you do this now? Let me know in the comments, there are many different...

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