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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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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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