Data for examples in Rapid Graphs with Tableau Software 7 book

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Still using Tableau 6? Yes! You can buy the 6 version!

Tired of boring spreadsheets and data overload from confusing graphs? Master the art of rapid graphs with Tableau! Tableau is designed with one goal in mind, to give you the power to quickly explore and understand your data so that you can make informed decisions in a wide variety of real-world situations. After learning Tableau, you will be able to communicate your findings with audience-friendly graphs and tables.

“A picture is worth a thousand words” is a common saying that is more relevant today

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Detailed review of Tableau Data Blending by a PhD Student at UW- Seattle

  From the article conclusions: “Data blending is a new feature in Tableau that simplifies the process of integrating data from a variety of heterogeneous sources. We presented several compelling customer applications that leverage the feature and highlight its usefulness for interactive visual analysis. Additionally, we are engaging with our customers to improve the flexibility … Read more

A dashboard to select high-quality stocks with high yield and low volatility

High yield high growth low beta dashboard by Freakalytics 2011 12 squareSelecting a “safe” stock with a solid dividend is quite popular in the current economic climate. The traditional “safe” investments are paying extremely low interest rates while many American companies are growing revenues while paying out strong dividend yields (4% and higher) that exceed those of government bonds. In late December, I selected a set of stocks with solid financial strength ratings, positive revenue growth in the past year, dividends of 4% or more and lower than average stock price volatility (also called the beta of a stock.)  

After some data cleanup, I assembled this into a dashboard for quick review and exploration. This dashboard allows you to select higher yields, higher revenue growth or lower levels of volatility. By clicking on an individual stock, you are taken to MSN Money web site (below initial dashboard) for their current “StockScouter” rating.


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Business Analytics in Fortune Magazine – Pat Hanrahan, Tableau Co-founder

A nice article on Tableau and visual analytics appeared in Fortune magazine this week. “Former Pixar engineer Pat Hanrahan has found a new calling organizing and analyzing business data, and bringing the information to life. Mr. Incredible: Pat Hanrahan in his lab at Stanford How many enterprise software executives can brag that they have been … Read more

iPad & tablet competitors profit estimates through 2015 – building on Gartner unit estimates

GigaOM’s recent article on the growth of the iPad and overall tablet-related OS market inspired me to take their forecasts one step further- actual profit estimates through 2015 per major player in the article.
My forecasts are indeed rough, but attribute higher and lower profits to the various vendors based on the nature of their product, likely price point and direct or indirect control they will have over the actual distribution of their platform. For example, Android is expected to be heavily partnered for their distribution (the upcoming Kindle is just one example), this implies lower profit per unit. Meanwhile, Apple with their early market lead and total control over the tablet sales implies higher profit per unit sold. Regardless, these are rough estimates, but fascinating to consider. Most incredible

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