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June 28, 2022

How to Use the Highlighter to Set a Default Color Palette

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Let's say you have a view with lots of marks and you want highlight a specific mark and assign a color palette so that mark is always highlighted whenever that dimension is used, irrespective of the chart.

To do this you can Highlight one or more discrete fields from the color palette and assign those marks to be highlighted. This does not impact the level of detail in the view.

Here's how you do it:

June 24, 2022

My Sabbatical with Maggie

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Having been with The Information Lab for more than 5 years, I had the opportunity to take a month-long sabbatical. I went to Siam Park with my son Henry in Tenerife, a week long trip to Eckington in the UK, plus every possible moment spent with Maggie.

Of course, I tracked everything I did with my beloved companion. And we did A LOT. 

We covered 254 kilometers (158 miles) in 60 hours over the course of 38 days. 

While I do have the routes for every activity, I thought that was too personal, so I stuck with a simple KPI dashboard. It tells me lots of stories I'll never forget...from gun dog training to long hikes across the English countryside to cuddles on the couch. I love her so much!

June 22, 2022

How to Sort a Multi-Column Bar Chart with a Parameter Action

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Let's say you have a chart with 1 dimension and 3 measures. You want to make sorting the bar chart by any of the measures as easy as possible. In this tip, I show you how to use parameter actions to sort the bar charts based on the measure you select.

June 14, 2022

How to Create a Two-Panel Column Chart

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I this tip, I show you how to create a column chart that has one data series on the primary axis on one row and another data series on the secondary axis on a second row. Even though this is called a two-panel column chart (by Jon Peltier) there are two measure in the rows and one or more dimensions in the columns.

This might be my shortest tip ever, but I bet you'll find it useful.

June 7, 2022

How to Compare to a Selected Value with a Parameter Action

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In this tip, I show you how to use a parameter action to compare values within a chart. This example uses a bar chart; it works with other chart types as well.