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Jul 14, 2020

Business | Chart Types

Creating Lollipop-Jitter Plots in Tableau

A few days ago, I came across this tweet by We are R-Ladies, who linked an original post by Cédric Scherer from last year. Cédric developed R code to create something that I would call a Lollipop-Jitter plot. This cool chart has it all, the overall picture and the granular details. Really great work! Also […]

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May 26, 2020

Desktop Specialist Exam

Preparing the Desktop Specialist Exam: A student’s guide

Christine Rietmann, who is one of my students at Münster University of Applied Sciences in Germany shared her journey of preparing and passing the Tableau Desktop Specialist exam on this blog some months ago.

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May 5, 2020

Business | Collaborations | Drill-Down | P&L | Tableau Techniques

Drill-Down & Up P&Ls in Tableau

Drill-Down & Up P&Ls Tableau is the next part of a series of posts on visualizing financial data on this blog recently. Visualizing P&L Statements reflects the general use of visuals in the context of P&Ls and gives examples for bad and good practice. Adding Custom Sub-Totals in Tableau describes four solutions to combine normal […]

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Apr 15, 2020

Business | Collaborations | Drill-Down | Tableau Techniques

Multiple Drill-Downs in Tableau

Multiple Drill-Downs in Tableau. — Some weeks ago, Rosario published a blog where she presented a technique to both drill-down and drill-up a view as a single sheet solution using the Internal Data Densification technique for the drill-up. With this solution, drill-down in combination with drill-up dashboards have become really suitable for everyday dashboards.

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Apr 9, 2020

Collaborations | Fun

Spot it! vs. Dobble – Gaming in Tableau

I’m very happy to publish my first game in Tableau, created in a collaboration with Tableau community superstar Kevin Flerlage. Spot It and Dobble are the same game. The game is simple enough for a 5 year old and incredibly fun for all ages. So how do you play? The deck contains 55 round cards.  Each […]

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Mar 7, 2020

Business | Collaborations | Table Calculations | Tableau Techniques

Adding Custom Sub-Totals in Tableau

Introduction When it comes to visualizing financial data, it is often required to combine cumulative and non-cumulative values in one visualization (and yes: tables are also visualizations 🤓), like for example in a Profit & Loss statement. While positions like revenues, cost of sales, selling expenses or income taxes are non-cumulative, we also have sub-totals […]

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Feb 2, 2020

Chart Types | Tableau Techniques

Viz-in-Label Treemaps in Tableau

I’ve been experimenting with Viz-in-Labels lately like in my 9M Profit Bridge on Deutsche Bank’s financial report data or my custom treemap on Tableau’s superstore data. Viz-in-Label (or Viz-in-Marks) is a technique to visualize more than one data relationship at once. In both visualizations above, the chosen primary chart types (waterfall and treemap) are visualizing […]

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Nov 14, 2019

Collaborations | Reflection | Tableau Techniques

#data19 – Surprise Me: Creating Advanced and Unique Charts

by Klaus Schulte & Ivett Kovács Thanks for joining our session at #data19! In this blog you can find all the resources we mentioned. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us with further questions! Session Description

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Nov 8, 2019

Desktop Specialist Exam | Fundamentals

Becoming a Tableau Desktop Specialist – Part 9: Create and modify a dashboard

Welcome back, everyone! This is the last blog post of my ‘Becoming a Tableau Desktop Specialist Series’. This week is all about how to create and modify our dashboards. New to this series? Then check out the further posts to learn more about it: Introduction Create and Save Data Connections Connecting and Preparing Data Dimensions […]

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Nov 1, 2019

Desktop Specialist Exam | Fundamentals

Becoming a Tableau Desktop Specialist – Part 8: Format Your View

Hi everyone! Last week I introduced a lot of new topics and of course, it is a process to learn these things. More than that, we have to practice a lot until we master all these techniques and instruments. This week’s topic is about formating our view. It isn’t that difficult to format things in […]

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Oct 29, 2019

Chart Types | Tableau Techniques

Curvy Reference Bands in a Scatter Plot

For this month’s #sportsvizsunday challenge I created this scatter plot on shot efficiency, goals, and shots on goals of NHL’s TOP 25 all-time points leaders.

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Oct 24, 2019

Desktop Specialist Exam | Fundamentals

Becoming a Tableau Desktop Specialist – Part 7: Apply analytics to a worksheet

Hi, everyone! This week we have a lot of stuff to learn. Our topic ‘Apply analytics to a worksheet’ will deal with sort options, reference & trend lines, table calculations, bins & histograms, calculated fields, and parameters. For all these topics there still exist good blog posts. So, I hope I can give you a […]

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Oct 16, 2019

Desktop Specialist Exam | Fundamentals

Becoming a Tableau Desktop Specialist – Part 6: Sets, Groups and Filters

Welcome back! This week I will write about Sets, Filters, and Groups. These are all useful instruments for analyzing your data. Check out the further posts of this series to learn more about it: Introduction Create and Save Data Connections Connecting and Preparing Data Dimensions and Measures Discrete vs. Continuous & Aggregated vs. Dis-aggregated Create […]

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Oct 9, 2019

Fun | Tableau Techniques

The One Use Case for 3D Elements in Tableau (and How to Create Them)

3D charts are widely regarded as bad practice in the context of visualizing data. 3D adds no additional information. On the contrary, it clutters the viz and often complicates the visual perception of information. It can only get worse when you add bananas. 🍌

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Oct 1, 2019

Chart Types | Desktop Specialist Exam | Fundamentals

Becoming a Tableau Desktop Specialist – Part 5: Create Basic Charts

Hello, I can’t believe how time flies, it is already half-time. This thought makes me imminently nervous because the exam day is coming closer. Good to have such a nice and practical topic this week: Create basic charts in Tableau. I’m sure a lot of you already know how to create the most basic chart types, […]

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Sep 24, 2019

Desktop Specialist Exam | Fundamentals

Becoming a Tableau Desktop Specialist – Part 4: Discrete vs. Continuous & Aggregated vs. Dis-aggregated

Hey everyone! This is part 4 of my ‘Becoming a Tableau Desktop Specialist’ blog series and today I will write again about fundamental ‘Tableau Concepts’. While last week’s post was about dimensions and measures, this blog is about discrete vs. continous and aggregated vs. dis-aggregated. Check out the further posts of this series to learn […]

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Sep 20, 2019

Business | P&L | Reflection

Visualizing P&L Statements

A few days ago, I came across this tweet about accountants and their love for the standard P&L statement, stated by fellow Tableau community member Vince Baumel: For me, the toughest crowd to win over to the side of data visualization (or any deviation from the status quo, for that matter) are accountants. The standard, […]

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Sep 18, 2019

Desktop Specialist Exam | Fundamentals

Becoming a Tableau Desktop Specialist – Part 3: Dimensions and Measures

Last week was tough, wasn’t it? I hope you had enough time to take a deep breath and you are ready to start with this week’s topic: Dimensions and Measures. And no worries, this blog provides only a short lesson ;). But nevertheless, the concept of dimensions and measures is fundamental to gain a deep […]

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Sep 12, 2019

Chart Types

#WorkoutWednesday2019 Week 37: Rounded Bar Charts

For this week’s #WorkoutWednesday2019 episode Zen Master Luke Stanke challenged the community to create rounded bar charts: This week we are making bar charts. Of course, this week there is a small twist to the bar charts. The ends of the bar charts need to be rounded. There are several ways to do this. I’d […]

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Sep 10, 2019

Desktop Specialist Exam | Fundamentals

Becoming a Tableau Desktop Specialist – Part 2: Data Connections & Data Properties

On my way to become a Tableau Desktop Specialist we will finish the first topic this week: Connecting to & Preparing Data. Therefore, we look at data connections and how to manage data properties. This blog is a part of the “Becoming a Tableau Desktop Specialist Series”. Check out the further posts to learn more […]

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