Freakalytics Newsletter for June 2013

Thank you for your interest in our newsletter. Please share it with your colleagues that can benefit from it.   Also, Stephen is once again full-time at Freakalytics and we are excited to be back on the road, so please let us know if we can be of service!

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Since 2007, we have traveled 365,000 miles to help tens of thousands of people via

8 books,
24 conference talks,
47 public trainings,
26 on-site trainings,
5 conference seminars,
15 analytic advisory engagements
and 36 consulting projects.

Click here to download a summary of our accomplishments since 2007.

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Best practices in visual analytics

Stephen Few, noted visual analytics expert and a source of inspiration for Stephen, recently wrote about criticisms of best data visualizations practices. In particular, Amanda Cox of the New York Times said, “There’s a strand of the data viz world that argues that everything could be a bar chart. That’s possibly true but also possibly a world without joy.”

Tableau_Tips_Nested_Sorting_4_Freakalytics.pngTableau Tips: Nested sorting
not as expected-a simple fix

Many students have been confused about the Tableau data sort behavior.   A common question is how to sort the data at a lower level correctly within each higher level of data in a view.   One student recently came to us with this view and asked, “What’s up? I thought it would sort each state independently within each Product Type! In the first group, Herbal Tea, Nevada is clearly number one yet it is shown in the fourth position.”
Our last bit of news, Stephen recently left Tableau.   He is happy to say that he is now our Principal Data Scientist at Freakalytics, where we offer the only independent source of strategic analytic advice and Tableau training. We can give you clear, open advice on how to maximize and integrate Tableau in today’s complex analytic environments.

This newsletter is brought to you by the leading independent Tableau training source, Freakalytics.   We offer training focused on solving real-world problems with your data, Tableau and other relevant analytic tools and technologies.   Please contact us if we can be of service with on-site training at

Best regards,
Eileen McDaniel, PhD and Stephen McDaniel
Freakalytics, LLC

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