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April 30, 2024

How I Create a Unit Histogram in Tableau

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A unit histogram is a chart that shows the distribution of data points across a series of bins of a measure.

Unlike a traditional histogram that uses bars, a unit histogram consists of a set of marks, each representing a member of a dimension. 

In this example, our final result is a unit histogram showing the distribution of states by their average sales.

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April 29, 2024

How to Create a Comet Chart in Tableau

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A comet chart is a type of visualization used to display the trajectory of data points over time. 

They’re often used to compare one time period to another to see the direction of the change.

The tail starts at the first time period and grows like a comet to the second period.

April 26, 2024

Jumpy Curvy Things in Tableau

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I received a request to teach how to build a jump plot during Next-Level Tableau office hours. The idea was to recreate this visualization that I created for Makeover Monday back in 2018.

The problem, though, was that the data preparation was done in Alteryx, which I no longer have a license for. Thanks for a member of NLT that had an Alteryx license, we were able to decode what the workflow was doing.

Then, in office hours, we recreated the data prep in Tableau Prep before building the visualization in Tableau. Download the Prep flow here. Download the workbook below.

This is just one example of one thing learned as a member of NLT. Sign up today and I guarantee you'll become a Tableau expert.

April 25, 2024

The ULTIMATE Guide to Custom Visualizations in Tableau

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Here's the ultimate guide to custom visualizations in Tableau. Each chart contains a link to a tutorial so you can build it too.

I rarely use these charts on a day-to-day basis, but they are a fantastic way to build your technical skills.

Have you used any of these in a business context? Click on the image to view on Tableau Public.

April 24, 2024

20 Dashboard Design Best Practices

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Understanding best practices when designing dashboards is critical for ensuring they are used, useful, and help drive the business forward.

April 23, 2024

How to Create Rounded Bar Charts in Tableau

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A rounded bar chart is a type of bar chart where the ends of the bars are rounded instead of being straight. They create a more visually appealing and softer look to the chart.

April 21, 2024

How to Create Custom Date Hierarchies in Tableau

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Custom date hierarchies are one of the most underutilized features in Tableau. They allow you to define specific drill-downs not automatically available.

For example, you may want to allow your users to only drill-down from Year to Month.

April 20, 2024

The What, Why, and How of Custom Dates in Tableau

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Custom dates allow users to define the level of granularity and format of the date field according to their specific needs based on existing date fields in the data.

They are useful when you want to restrict drill-down options or create sets for specific date ranges.

Here's how to create them.

Why you should build a Tableau Public profile

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If I were starting now, these are the 3 reasons I would build a Tableau Public profile. 

1. To build your skills 
2. To develop your career 
3. To be a part of a community 

I covered this and a lot more in this week's Newbie TUG. 

The slides are below the video. If the video doesn't start at my talk, click here.

Building a Tableau Public Profile by Andy Kriebel

April 18, 2024

How to Create a Donut Chart in Tableau

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Make your data delicious with this Tableau donut chart tutorial. 

Donut charts are a common way of showing part-to-whole data – but be aware that it’s difficult to accurately compare the size of the segments. 

They are similar to a pie chart – but the centre can be a good way of making space to include more information about the data (e.g., total).

Which chart would you like to show?

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Beginners and advanced designers alike get stuck deciding which chart is right for their data. Next time you're stuck, try this chart guide by Damola Ladipo.

Check it out on Tableau Public here. Click the image below for a hi-res version to print.

April 16, 2024

How to Create a Bar-in-Bar Chart in Tableau

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A bar in bar chart is a type of chart in that allows for comparisons between two measures. It involves placing one measure as the main bar and another measure as a smaller bar inside the main bar. 

This creates a visual representation, similar to a thermometer, showing the progress or comparison between the two measures. 

April 13, 2024

25 Example to Help You Master Calculations in Tableau

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I guarantee that if you study these 25 examples, you'll be on your way to mastering Tableau calculations. 

Credits to Sara Hamdoun and Fuad Ahmed.


How to Create a Proportional Stacked Bar Chart in Tableau

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Proportional stacked bar charts are a good way of showing the size and proportion of data at the same time.

April 10, 2024

How to make sense of ANY data set

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Demystify ANY data set by answering 5 simple questions:

  1. When?
  2. Where?
  3. Which?
  4. Who?
  5. Why?


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11 Ways to Compare Two Measures

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I don't believe in complexity in data visualization. I stick with simple charts when you needs to compare measures to add context.

Tableau workbook here.

April 9, 2024

The Ultimate Tableau Date Calcs Cheat Sheet

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This date calcs cheat sheet by Luke Stanke is all you'll ever need to master date calculations in Tableau. Includes visual examples that highlight exactly how each calc works.

Simply click the calc you need, copy the calculation, paste into your calculation, and swap out the date field.

How to Create a Floating Bar Chart in Tableau

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A floating bar chart is similar to a Gantt chart, except it shows the range of two data points instead of two dates.

April 8, 2024

How to Create an Enclosed Dot Plot in Tableau

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An enclosed dot plot is similar to a barbell charts except the line connecting the dots surrounds the dots.

April 7, 2024

How to Create a Barbell Chart in Tableau

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A barbell chart is a dot plot that shows two or more points and also connects those points to display the range.

April 6, 2024

How to Create a Histogram in Tableau

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A histogram visualizes the distribution of data over a continuous interval. Each bar represents the frequency at each bin.

18 Ways to Visualize Bar Charts in Tableau

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The SECRET to never choosing the wrong chart...the Bar Chart! Here are 18 options for your next bar chart.

Tableau tutorial and workbook here.

How to Create a Heatmap in Tableau

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A heat map is a good way of showing the patterns between 2 categories of data. They use color to encode the intensity of the relationships in the matrix.

April 2, 2024

60 Ways to Visualize Time Series Data in Tableau

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I don't believe in creating fancy visualization to get attention. I prefer easy to understand. Here's my complete list of 60 unique ways to visualize time series data.

Learn to build them here. View the workbook here. Download it on Gumroad here (for a small fee).

April 1, 2024

#WatchMeViz: Can viral infections be cured with antibiotics?

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I'm really surprised, though maybe I shouldn't be, about the results from a poll of 1206 Americans by KFF. They asked a simple question: 

"Can viral infections usually be cured by antibiotcs, or not? Or do you not know enough to say?"

According to the results, women know better than men, as do adults with higher incomes and higher levels of education.

I took on this data set for Watch Me Viz for Makeover Monday week 14. Check out my final viz here. There's an image below the video.