Tableau Data Visualization Cookbook

Tableau Data Visualization Cookbook
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  • Quickly create impressive and effective graphics which would usually take hours in other tools
  • Lots of illustrations to keep you on track
  • Includes examples that apply to a general audience

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 172 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : August 2013
ISBN : 1849689784
ISBN 13 : 9781849689786
Author(s) : Ashutosh Nandeshwar
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Big Data and Business Intelligence, Cookbooks, Enterprise, Web Graphics & Video

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Connecting to Data Sources
Chapter 2: Creating Univariate Charts
Chapter 3: Creating Bivariate Charts
Chapter 4: Creating Multivariate Charts
Chapter 5: Creating Maps
Chapter 6: Calculating User-defined Fields
Chapter 7: Customizing and Saving
Chapter 8: Exporting and Sharing
Chapter 9: Exploring Advanced Features
  • Chapter 1: Connecting to Data Sources
    • Introduction
    • Connecting to text files
    • Connecting to Excel files
    • Connecting to Access databases
    • Connecting to a SQL Server
    • Pasting from a clipboard
    • Connecting to other databases
    • Connecting to Windows Azure Marketplace
    • Understanding dimensions and measures
    • Changing data types
    • Applying filters
    • Merging multiple data sources
    • Chapter 2: Creating Univariate Charts
      • Introduction
      • Creating tables
      • Creating bar graphs
      • Creating pie charts
      • Sorting the graphs
      • Creating histograms
      • Creating line charts
      • Using the Show Me toolbar
      • Creating stacked bar graphs
      • Creating box plots
      • Showing aggregate measures
      • Showing the top 10 items
          • Chapter 5: Creating Maps
            • Introduction
            • Setting geographic roles
            • Placing marks on a map
            • Overlaying demographic data
            • Creating choropleth maps
            • Using polygon shapes
            • Customizing maps
            • Chapter 6: Calculating User-defined Fields
              • Introduction
              • Using predefined functions
              • Calculating percentages
              • Applying the If-Then logic
              • Applying logical functions
              • Showing totals
              • Showing the percentage of totals
              • Discretizing data
              • Manipulating text
              • Aggregating data
              • Chapter 7: Customizing and Saving
                • Introduction
                • Adding title and caption
                • Modifying font sizes and colors
                • Applying various marks
                • Adding colors
                • Adding labels
                • Changing marks sizes
                • Adding reference lines
                • Printing to PDF
                • Saving packaged workbooks
                • Creating a workbook data extract
                  • Chapter 9: Exploring Advanced Features
                    • Introduction
                    • Viewing data
                    • Changing the mark size
                    • Using the presentation mode
                    • Adding annotations
                    • Excluding data on the fly
                    • Customizing mark shapes
                    • Adding drop-down selectors
                    • Adding search box selectors
                    • Adding slider selectors
                    • Creating dashboards
                    • Creating animated visualizations
                    • Creating parameters

                    Ashutosh Nandeshwar

                    Ashutosh R. Nandeshwar has extensive experience in data mining, machine learning, and information visualization. He is one of the few analytics professionals in the higher education industry who have developed analytical solutions for all stages of the student lifecycle (from recruitment to giving). He enjoys speaking to technical and non-technical audiences about the power of data as well as ranting about data professionals' chasing of "interesting" things. He received his PhD/MS from West Virginia University and BE from Nagpur University, all in Industrial Engineering. You can follow him on Twitter, @n_ashutosh, and on his website,
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                    What you will learn from this book

                    • Forecast with trend lines
                    • Manipulate and transform data
                    • Import data from various sources
                    • Create filled maps and use any shape file
                    • Share your work easily
                    • Create dashboards and scorecards
                    • Format and finish the graphic
                    • Observe statistical distributions

                    In Detail

                    You know the feeling when you are asked to change or add a certain data point in your graph at the last minute. Usually, you have to scramble to complete the project and risk accuracy; this is not so with Tableau, however. Tableau is a revolutionary toolkit that lets you simply and effectively create high quality data visualizations.

                    "Tableau Data Visualization Cookbook" will show you the exact steps required to generate simple to complex graphics. Whether they are pie charts or box plots, you can create such graphics with ease and confidence; no more searching for scripts or laborious Excel hacks. This book will help you make the most of Tableau and show you how to finish your projects quicker using this toolkit.
                    In this book you’ll start with getting your data into Tableau, move onto generating progressively complex graphics, and end with the finishing touches and packaging your work for distribution.

                    This book is filled with practical recipes to help you create filled maps, use custom markers, add slider selectors, and create dashboards. You will learn how to manipulate data in various ways by applying various filters, logic, and calculating various aggregate measures. Then, we will create animated graphs and provide search box and drop-down selectors to users. This book will help you to create stunning graphics in very short amount of time.

                    If you want to effortlessly create beautiful visualizations of data then "Tableau Data Visualization Cookbook" is for you!


                    This Cookbook contains step-by-step instructions for Tableau users to create effective graphics. The book is designed in such a way that you can refer to it chapter by chapter; you can look at the list of recipes and read them in no particular order.

                    Who this book is for

                    You’ll gain the most from this book if you have basic understanding of various chart types and of their importance. Knowing when to employ a certain graphic will be equally useful. This book will get you up to speed if you just started using Tableau. You’ll find this book useful if you spend a lot of time conducting data analysis and creating reports.

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