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Tableau tutorial

What to expect today

Today we will look to introduce Tableau and learn:

  • What is Tableau? What are its strengths and weaknesses?
  • How to upload data into Tableau
  • How to build basic categorical and geographical visualization in a worksheet
  • How to build a dashboard
  • How to publish and share Tableau Public dashboards

What is Tableau?

Tableau is a data visualization software used for data science and business intelligence. Tableau can create a wide range of different visualization to interactively present the data and showcase insights. 

What are Tableau's strengths?

  1. Beautiful visualizations - Tableau is first and foremost a visualization tool
  2. Visualization are relatively easy to build and interactive
  3. Tableau is easy to implement.  Just create an account and download the desktop version
  4. Tableau has been a leader in a crowded space for some time.  Their success in this arena adds value to any skill learned

What are Tableau's disadvantages?

  1. Limited pre-processing of data in the program.  It is best to get your data straight before bringing it into the program
  2. Non-public version is quite expensive.  However, they do offer free semester-long licenses for use of the full product in the classroom

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