Dates in Tableau are fun! Really! These posts give tips and tricks for using dates or demonstrate techniques for how to use dates in your dataviz and analytics.
Tableau 10.2 is almost here! And it’s time to celebrate! One thing I’ve always wanted to do in Tableau is create interactive historical maps that changed based on the selected time-frame. We are fairly familiar with the shape of things now – countries, states, counties – but how did things look in the past? What […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Fun with spatial files in Tableau 10.2
Happy New Year! Even as 2016 was winding down, I found myself with a challenge dealing with time. And I thought I’d share some of my thoughts about a possible approach. Here’s the challenge: You have a database with transactional data, that is data where the rows are inserted, updated and deleted based on events. […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Is there a single best visualization for a given set of data? Should you always use a bar chart when looking at categorical data with a single metric? Is a timeline always best for viewing trends over time? Is there only one data story to tell? There are a couple of different viewpoints on this […]Continue Reading... 19 Comments.
The Problem of Partial Periods So you built out that incredible Tableau* time series viz showing sales per week or number of widgets produced per month. Everything looked great as you wrapped this up right before Christmas break. Profits were up, sales were great, trends were positive. You come into the office excited to start […]Continue Reading... 6 Comments.
Actually, it’s not dates in Tableau. Tableau does wonders with dates! What other tool allows you to connect to a data source with dates and have a built-in hierarchy where you can move different parts of the hierarchy around in the view? What other tool has its own built-in date dimension? There are imitators […]Continue Reading... 31 Comments.