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Every week I read articles from news sites, blogs and new Tableau articles. I also look through new posts on Tableau Public, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tableau partner websites and in the Tableau Community, looking for the best and most useful pieces of content about Tableau and data visualisation practices. You’ll get the best ones, for free.

Here are some articles that have been included in recent editions of Tableau Bites:

Quick Tip -The One-Click Trick to Creating Headers for Single-Measure Tables

This is a guest post by Tableau Zen Master Jonathan Drummey on the Tableau blog. This post first appeared on Jonathan's blog, Drawing with Numbers.  Here’s the problem: In a single-measure table, I want the name of the measure column as a header.

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Process Control Charts in Tableau

Chris Dickson has written an excellent series of blogs, taking us from the simple to some complex variations of control charts. All aimed at helping us answer "Is this normal??".

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Want to see who is using your viz?

Lorena Merary Vazquez shows several methods on Tableau Server to see who is looking at dashboards and published data sources.  She also introduces us to an open library of custom Tableau Server dashboards, kindly hosted by Mark Jackson.

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This site is all about sharing real life dashboards. Dashboards made by real Tableau users. The purpose isn’t to show off clever charts, or amazingly designed infographics from fun personal projects. Instead they want to share what Tableau users are creating for work, with real dashboards for real users.

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Tableau 2019.1 Released - See whats new...

Explore the newest features in Tableau 2019.1 including Ask Data, Prep Conductor and more.

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Whats New in Tableau Prep

Data prep is becoming more versatile each month. The latest release (2018.3) allows you to clean and track your changes in every step, apply wild card unions and connect to PDF files.

Now is a great time to start working with this tool if you haven't already. Why? Because they have just announced that from next year, we will be able to schedule Data Prep workflows. And THAT is a game changer.

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Why do you visualize data? Ways to discuss with Stakeholders

Ryan Sleeper talks about his favourite question to ask when presenting on Tableau and data visualisation: Why do you visualise data? He then gives insight into discussing data visualisation with Stakeholders.

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Quick Tip – How to create extra space between your bars

Nils Macher addresses the question: Have you ever had the issue that you want to create extra space between bars which belong to a different category?  It is really difficult to see which bars belong to which region. The last row for each segment is really close to the first row of the following segment.

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How to make a Pareto Chart

Ellen Blackburn talks us through her preferred method of creating a Pareto Chart. The Pareto principle (or the 80/20 rule) dictates that 80% of the effects come from 20% of the cause.

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One Click Zoom IN and OUT on a Map

This is a great Tableau post from Shinichiro Murakami and a simple use case for unioning a data source to itself. Now, why would you want to do that....? Shin walks through the steps to produce this great end-user experience.

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Finding public datasets just got easier...

Google has launched a new type of search engine designed specifically around helping people find data.  Simply called “Dataset Search,” the tool provides easier access to millions of datasets across thousands of data repositories on the web. Its in Beta, but well worth checking out if you haven't already.

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How to Show Top 10 Lists in Tableau Tooltips

Ryan Sleeper combines action filters, context filters and Viz in Tooltips in this simple How to...part of a series that helps you get the most out of text in Tableau.

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Functionality comparison - Tableau Desktop vs Tableau Web Editor

If you need to understand what your users can do with web edit - and what they can't - this great resource created by Andrew Pick is the place to start. And it covers versions 9.0 through to 2018.2!

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Beyond “Show Me” Part 1: It’s All About the X & Y

This is part 1 of a 2 part series on going beyond the charts available in the “Show Me” panel in Tableau by Ken Flerlage. He goes into detail about just how versatile the simple XY (or scatter) plot can be.

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Do not miss this Tableau Reference Guide

Here is a "bonus track" for this edition of Tableau Bites.

BEWARE. This is a massive reference library provided by Jeffrey Shaffer and includes links to posts on Graphing, Color, Calculations and much some of the masters as well as lesser-known Tableau authors.

Stick it in your bookmarks and come back often!

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New to Tableau Prep? Start with these five fundamentals

Annie Worman of Tableau talks through 5 easy to perform actions that you can do with Tableau Prep - the "new" tool from Tableau that has already had several releases. If you have a desktop license, then you can also get hold of this tool as part of your subscription. Learn how to Pivot, Group and Replace, Join and Union, Aggregate and Filter.

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Data Literacy, part 3: Analysing the fitness of averages

Lilach Manheim walks through an example of the process for analysing fitness of averages and provides some ways of not "aggregating away" the insights.

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Example use cases of Tableau calculations

Olga Tsubiks introduces and provides example use cases of 10 frequently used Tableau Calculations. This is part of her guide to help get Tableau Certified and is a great resource.

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Understand and execute the fundamentals like a Zen Master

Ryan Sleeper uses data from his blog posts to remind us that doing the fundamentals, well, is really what it takes to master Tableau. He then points us to 5 of his favourite Tableau tactics.

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An alternative to treemaps

I am a fan of Treemaps, for specific use-cases, but they can be over-used. Elizabeth Ricks illustrates some pros and cons of using Treemaps, plus some possible alternatives.

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The Spawning Of The Tadpole Chart

Mark Edwards talks through various incarnations of a design for a tadpole chart. This can be a great way to visualise period-over-period changes for multiple members in a dimension.

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Prepare survey data for analysis with three easy steps

Typically, survey data is formatted so that each row corresponds to an individual respondent and a column for each question.

Archana Ganeshalingam, a Product Consultant at Tableau, talks us through some simple steps we can perform within Tableau to help reshape the data to make it easier to analyse.

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How to create a cross database Union

Joshua Milligan talks us through a neat workaround to create a cross-database Union - which is currently not supported in Tableau -  by using Joins and the MAX function.

Even if you don't have a need, its a great reminder of how MIN/MAX functions can be used to get a desired outcome.

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The Barclays Gender Pay Gap

...or, "Breaking News: Senior executives are paid more than junior positions". Jeffrey Shaffer talks about the dangers of using averages to draw conclusions from the data and gives some great examples that can be used if you need to argue the point.

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How to build a Sankey diagram without any data prep beforehand

Sankey diagrams show the proportional "flow" (or make up) of one dimension from (or within) another.

Ian Baldwin, of The Information Lab, takes us through his 20 step process to create a Sankey without having to prepare the data before getting into Tableau - which would normally increase the data set as a bi-product. Well worth the effort in my opinion.

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Using PowerPoint for Tableau Graphics

Ken Flerlage points to an older post from Josh Tapley that gave him inspiration to use Powerpoint as a quick and easy graphics tool for some of his fantastic Tableau visualisations.

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Ten Questions with The Data Duo

Michael Sandberg interviews the Data Duo, Pooja Gandhi and Adam Crahen, and pulls their top 3 favourite Tableau tips from each of them. The Data Duo have created more than 325 visualisations on Tableau Public (see the gallery at the end of the blog), so they certainly know what they are talking about.

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