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Stephen and I are frequently asked the story of why we wrote the first book endorsed by Tableau Software and how we launched their original, in-person training program back in 2009. In fact, we have been asked about this so many times, I decided it would be worthwhile to share the details.
Stephen first discovered Tableau Software while working at Netflix. He was so impressed with the visual analytic capabilities of the product that after working with it for a couple of years, he approached the executives at Tableau about writing the first book on Tableau, which was still a tiny company at the time. They were excited about the idea so we met with CEO Christian Chabot, CDO and Co-founder Chris Stolte and several other executives to discuss the book content.
Stephen completed and published the first edition of Rapid Graphs with Tableau Software just in time for the Tableau Customer Conference in Seattle. Marc Rueter, now a Senior Director at Tableau and Technical Reviewer of the book, wrote
Visit the Alteryx Pavilion at Tableau Customer Conference 2013 in Washington, DC next week to learn more about the value of Strategy Analytics and Alteryx for Visual Analytics. Notably, attendees can pick up a complimentary USB key with Visual Analytics Best Practices including work by Freakalytics and the key even includes a preview of Rapid Graphs with Tableau 8 and a coupon code for a free copy of the e-book! Note that you must redeem your code by September 18th, 2013.
This is the original guide to Tableau for The Accidental Analyst®. Now in its fourth edition, this is the best-selling book on Tableau, trusted by thousands including many Tableau employees who learned Tableau from it- both before and after joining the company! Back in 2009, Elissa Fink (CMO at Tableau) wrote about Rapid Graph with Tableau Software 5, “A must read for anyone interested in Tableau. Clear explanations, practical advice and beautiful examples!” Just a few months ago, the Marketing team at Tableau ordered bulk copies of Rapid Graphs for their new customer acquisition program, reiterating their excitement over the four editions of this book! Continue reading →
Take over with Tableau—View structure,
Marks Card, Summaries,
Formatting and Titles-97
Customize views using the Columns,
Rows, Pages and Filters Shelves-98
4. Filters-101 Enhance your visual appeal with the Marks card-103
The Summary Card—handy description of your data-112
Headers and Axes-113
Titles, Captions, Field Labels and Legends-115
Format values in your views-117
Advanced view types in Tableau-79
Scatter Plots—explore relationships-82
Circle Plots—go beyond bar charts-83
Maps—great for location data-88
Filled maps-89 Area Charts—track multiple groups over time-90
Gantt Chart—track activity over time-96
Core view types in Tableau-59
Tables—an eye for detail-62
Bar Charts—five flavors
to meet your needs-66
Stacked bars-69 Side-by-side bars-70
Line Charts—display what happened over time-73
Percent-of-Total—contribution of categories to the overall amount-75
Go with the flow—more Tableau basics-41
Save time with the Tableau toolbar-42
When tables trump graphs-44
View shifting—the underrated histogram and flexible bins-53
Exporting results to share your insights-58
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