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Make Myself Over Part 2: Iron Viz Wikibirths

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As some of you may know, I’ve recently started teaching data visualization at the University of Utah. I’ve only been at it a couple of weeks, but it has been a great learning experience for me (and hopefully my students). Now that I am teaching the subject, it seemed like a decent time to do some self reflection to see what I might do differently in some of my past Tableau Public projects.

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Make Myself Over Part 1: The Cost of Living

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As some of you may know, I’ve recently started teaching data visualization at the University of Utah. I’ve only been at it a couple of weeks, but it has been a great learning experience for me (and hopefully my students). Now that I am teaching the subject, it seemed like a decent time to do some self reflection to see what I might do differently in some of my past Tableau Public projects.

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How To: An Alternative to Viz in Tooltips

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At Tableau conference 2015, we were previewed a very cool feature called “viz in tooltips”. Tableau conference 2017 is now only 7 months away, and we have yet to see this feature even in beta form. While we wait, there are a few alternatives one can pursue, but come with complexity and overhead. I’d like to present how I’m dealing with the lack of a feature in my professional life…

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Makeover Monday Week 7: Valentine’s Day Spending in the United States

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This week’s Makeover Monday sparked an interesting conversation around sketching a viz before/during a build. I can’t draw, so I typically never sketch, but it seems that many others find this an invaluable part of their process. Here is a quick look into the conversation and a high speed video of my entire build at the end.

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Executive Order Roulette: A Tableau Trivia Game

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The other day in a casual conversation about our new President, I heard a blanket statement to the tune of “Obama issued the most executive orders by any President, ever.” I didn’t know if this was right or wrong; so I set to find out for myself and decided to issue a challenge to the world. Try your luck at this Presidential Tableau trivia game!

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Converting images to data and converting data to Tableau

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The third week of Makeover Monday in 2017 presented us with an interesting (or ridiculous) data set comprised of the tweets sent out by President-elect Donald Trump. It took me about five seconds to decide what I wanted to do… draw an image of Trump with Trump’s tweets. Here is how I used Processing and Tableau to do it.

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Scraping and Organizing NBA Shot Chart Data with Python and the Tableau Extract API

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Recently I have been very interested in learning some new technologies, especially those that help gather data for use in Tableau. The NBA has a very robust API, and there are a few great blog posts out there that helped get me started: Greg Rada, Daniel Forsyth, and Savvas Tjortjoglou. All material can be found here: https://github.com/charris7/TabNBA

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Thank You: Tableau Zen Master Edition

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Thanksgiving is around the corner, and being in the holiday spirit, I wanted to take a moment to thank a few people that have knowingly or unknowingly helped me on my Tableau journey. There are many people I could mention, but these are some of the key Tableau Zen Masters that helped pave my path in the Tableau world. Stay tuned for one additional post: community members.

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Thank You: Tableau Employee Edition

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Thanksgiving is around the corner, and being in the holiday spirit, I wanted to take a moment to thank a few people that have knowingly or unknowingly helped me on my Tableau journey. There are many people I could mention, but these are some of the key Tableau employees that helped pave my path in the Tableau world. Stay tuned for two additional posts: Zen Masters and community members.

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10 More Steps to Winning Iron Viz

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Since watching John Mathis win the Iron Viz Championship in 2014, I’ve been totally enamored by the competition. The speed, precision, and thought put into these competition-level dashboards amazed me, and I knew that I had to get on the stage one day.

 

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