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Build a hierarchy in Tableau

March 13th, 2012 No comments

One of the most useful things for me in Tableau is the ability to create a hierarchy in a few seconds. I have used this for building product hierarchies – i.e. product category, subcategory, group, etc – and also for reporting on regional data – i.e. Country, State, County, City, etc, which is great for using on maps (assuming you have a longitude and latitude at the bottom of the hierarchy). Read more…

Bullet Charts in Tableau

February 5th, 2012 No comments

I’ve only just discovered the bullet chart, I’ve had no need to create one until very recently. Both I and my customers find them really useful. They replace the less meaningful ‘traditional’ dashboard tools of guages and dials into something which conveys more information.

The purpose of using them is to compare a value against another value – for example sales this year vs sales last year or order count this year vs budget order count. It compares against the Total of 1 value and the percentiles of that total. In other words it can be seen at a glance if this year is ahead of last year, or to what percentile this year has reached against last year. Read more…