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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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2016 Iron Viz Round 3

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If you are here I’m sure you know of three things: Tableau, Iron Viz, and my addiction to both. This marks my 5th and 6th viz entered into the Iron Viz pool, and even though the visualizations are fairly simple in nature, it was by far the hardest competition to date.

 

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Exporting Data with the JavaScript API

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Ever had to explain to someone the process of clicking in the white space to activate a sheet, finding the toolbar, and then explaining which buttons perform the proper exporting action? I have gone through that process more times than I care to admit, and I never get better at explaining it…

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Who Says Parameters Aren’t Dynamic?

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From time to time I get the privilege of interviewing a candidate for a business intelligence position, usually when the person has rated themselves extremely high on Tableau skills. One of, if not the first, items I investigate is advanced knowledge in parameters.

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Kennedy – A Data Biography

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I’ll admit it.. I was not the least bit inspired when the second Iron Viz feeder topic was announced. I’m a voter, but outside of that I try to avoid all forms of politics whenever possible, which made coming up with a topic for this contest even more difficult.

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What Does Show Me Really Show Me?

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In the past few weeks I’ve had a nice experience working with a business consultant from Tableau collaborating on a project with a shared client. In one of our working sessions I was building a requested visualization for the client when I got a tap on my shoulder

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Highlight Stories with the JavaScript API

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Last week data-dare.com put out a challenge to the Tableau community to create a story without using story points. This is sure to be an interesting challenge, with many new/alternative ways coming to light. Tableau’s story point feature is nice, but can feel a bit clunky

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Tableau State of Mind: Being Zen-Ish

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I had a zen garden in my backyard. This garden did not bring me peace, it did not connect me with my surroundings, nor did it free me of distractions. This zen garden did nothing but increase my fear of spiders and hatred of weeds. Luckily for me, we sold this house…

Food Takes Flight

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Tableau announced their first feeder competition to their overwhelmingly popular Iron Viz competition on April 4, 2016, and I spent the first week studying past winners and the design / viz style of my favorite authors. Before even looking for data I really wanted to get a sense for what works well in the wild, and what it takes to be selected for the competition. Here are some of my personal findings, realizations, and opinions:

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