Tableau Jedi know what Tableau is doing behind the scenes when any action is performed. Key to understanding Tableau's behaviour is knowing the difference between green and blue pills. Using real life examples from Guess Who, Tableau Zen Master Matt Francis explains the difference between measures, dimensions, discrete and continuous values and how they relate to pill colour
- [Voiceover] Probably the most important,…fundamental concept to understanding Tableau is…the difference between a green and a blue pill.…What do I mean by a green and blue pill?…So let's just build a quick viz.…We put Segment onto rows and Sales onto columns.…Tableau builds us a nice bar chart.…What we notice is that when we take a value…and put it on the row or column shelf,…we get these colored pills.…So we've now got a green pill and a blue pill.…But what does that color actually refer to?…A lot of people assume that it's because…dimensions typically tend to have the blue icons here,…and measures tend to have the green icons.…
So people assume that a blue pill is always a dimension,…and a green is always a measure.…But that's not correct.…The color refers to whether it's…a discrete or a continuous value.…Now, understand this concept is important…because everything that Tableau does…is built on that difference between green and blue.…Let's look at Dashboard that shows some of these examples.…Let's look at the top right.…
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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