Tag: Tips & Tutorials

One of the best ways to learn Tableau is by making your initial projects personal. Finding a topic you’re interested in can accelerate your trajectory much more than fiddling with Superstore data. While Superstore data is certainly appreciated, pairing a topic of interest with a popular existing visualization as your template can make things even more enjoyable, and that is what this blog post is all about.

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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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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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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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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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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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