Learn How to Create Advanced Tableau Sparklines Today

Tableau sparklines are very small line charts, usually drawn without axes or coordinates. It presents the general variation in values trended over time, in a simple and highly condensed way. Tableau sparklines are small enough to be embedded in text.  While the typical chart is designed to show as much data as possible, and is set off from the flow of text, Tableau sparklines are intended to be succinct, memorable, and located

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Different Ways to Create Tableau Bar Charts for Easy Ranking

Tableau bar charts come in different forms making them effective in performing a part-to-whole analysis and a ranking Analysis  When doing analysis, it’s often valuable to see how the individual parts contribute to the whole.  For example, “What’s the breakdown of sales by region,” “What’s the percent of new sales by sales rep this quarter,” or “What percent of the total profit is created by our top 10 or 20 customers?”  In each

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Making a Tableau Bullet Graph: An Advanced Tutorial

A Tableau bullet graph takes the bar in bar chart a step further. It is an advanced type of bar chart that allows analysts to compare two measures in a single bar. How does a Tableau bullet graph work? Given that you can compare two measures in a single bar, you can find the primary measure in the main dar bar in front. On the other hand, the secondary measure can be

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How Tableau Forecasting Works

Tableau has some amazing built-in forecasting features. In this short lesson, we will get used in some domains more than others, but if it applies to you, it makes building a simple forecast easy.  With each version of Tableau, the Tableau forecasting features get more advanced.  When is Tableau Forecasting Useful?  Predicting sales trends and understanding spikes in demand  Understanding seasonality  Understanding how much inventory you need on hand at

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How to Publish a Tableau Dashboard to the Tableau Server

In this article, you will learn how to use the Tableau Server and master how to publish a Tableau Dashboard and workbook on the server. Using Tableau Server  As described previously in the course, there are a few different ways to share data:  Publish to PDF  Export or copy an image into Powerpoint or an email  Export the data to Excel (try to get people to not do this)  Publish to Tableau Public (not

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Simple and Advanced Tableau Data Connection Tutorial

Today, we will go through the different ways you can connect data in Tableau: from simple Tableau data connections to Advanced Tableau data connections using extracts. Simple Tableau Data Connections and the Data Connection Interface  Download the detailed and updated “Superstore” Excel file below. (You can use your own data for this as well!) Open Tableau.  In Tableau, click the Connect to Data text in the top left.   Next, click Microsoft Excel under “In a

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Advanced Tutorial: How to Make and Interpret Tableau Box Plots

On this Advanced lesson on Tableau Box Plots, you will learn what Tableau box plots look like, how to make them, and how to interpret Tableau box plots. How does a Tableau Box Plot look like? A Tableau box plot looks like this:  It allows you to compare a range of values across several segments.  Let’s say we wanted to see the breakout of ages for our employees.  We could

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Advanced Tableau Reference Lines, Bands, and Distributions

This article will discuss how Advanced Analytics like using Tableau reference lines, bands, and distributions can help you interpret and explain insights from available data. Part of Tableau’s greatness is its ability to make advanced analytics accessible within a few clicks, as we saw with clustering and Quick Table Calcs.  This, in turn, can make you a better, more insightful analyst.  What otherwise would have required complicated Excel formulas or

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Tableau Sets: Advanced Data Segmentation for Insights

Another key ability of any data analyst is to be able to effectively segment data by creating Tableau sets. We’ve touched on various components of how to take your analyses and insights skills to a higher level, including sorting and filtering data, to being able to see more details, or using more insightful charts and Quick Table Calculations, like percents of total and percent differences.  Segmentation through Tableau sets can be used

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Tableau Pop Up Box: Creating On-Demand Charts in Dashboard

In Tableau, you can combine parameters and actions to create on-demand charts that show up in a Tableau Pop Up Box. Often times you want to have a chart that provides more detail, but you don’t want to overwhelm a dashboard with too much information all at once.  This is where having a chart or table pop up on demand can be extremely beneficial.  How to Create a Tableau Pop Up

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