Working with date data is one of the trickiest thing to do. The format of dates can vary across data sources, there are regional differences and no single standard. Tableau Zen Master Matt Francis demonstrates the new date parse function that allows you to turn a string into a date more simply than ever before.
- [Instructor] Probably the hardest data type…you'll have to typically deal with are dates.…The reason for this is that there are so many different…date formats are in use.…Different databases have different formats.…If you're using external data, sometimes there can be…really complicated formats that are easy to read…to a human, but to Tableau or to a database,…they're almost incomprehensible.…Now for a while now, Tableau has had the DATEPARSE function…which allows you to write some code to convert…a string into a date.…
Now depending on how complicated the date could be,…that requires some complicated code and knowing…how to convert one to the other.…In 10.2, Tableau has improved…the automatic DATEPARSE function.…Let's take a look at this and compare the previous method…of doing the date parse calculation…and the automatic method.…So for this, we're going to use the Date Example file…in the Exercise Folder.…If you open this up, we see it's just simple file…with two columns of data,…an example date and a random value.…
The training starts with one of the most important features in Tableau: the difference between the green and blue pills (discrete and continuous data) and how this affects every single action Tableau performs. Then find out how to add new maps and create more effective dashboards that maximize screen real estate. Discover how actions can link together sheets and provide greater levels of interactivity and performance, and how formatting can make an ordinary dashboard demand attention. Plus, get some bonus tips on performing date and time calculations in Tableau. This course deep-dives into the practical, applicable, and essential skills that anyone doing data visualization and analytics in a professional setting needs to have.
- Green vs. blue pills
- Using filters, colors, and dates
- Connecting to data
- Extracting data
- Cleaning and prepping data
- Pivoting data
- Merging and joining data
- Highlighting data
- Using the Analytics pane
- Creating new maps
- Creating calculations based on parameters
- Designing dashboards
Skill Level Intermediate
Q. Thise course was updated 04/21/2017. What changed?
A. Videos were added to cover features in Tableau 10.2.
1. Green and Blue Pills
2. Connect and Extract Data
3. Transform Data
5. Map Your Data
7. Dashboard Design
8. Useful Calculations
9. Tableau 10.2 Updates
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