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There’s more to your dashboard’s appearance than meets the eye. A well-designed dashboard isn’t just a pretty picture – it’s a powerful tool for communicating data-driven, actionable insights to your audience. How can we use the science of perception to make our visualizations more effective, compelling, and delightful? Join this session to learn how to build intuitive dashboards that inspire users to interact with and learn from their data. This session will cover the following topics:

- How visual cues can obscure or reveal critical information

- The impact and proper deployment of data types

- How to ask the right questions to properly focus your dashboards

- Common mistakes

- Visual best practices

- Hands-on dashboard critique, revision, and creation

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Some like R, others like Python, or have been using other statistical or data mining environments. Tableau works with its many partners to allow you to leverage your investment and knowledge in other platforms, and use Tableau to compose beautiful data stories. This session will cover how Tableau's different analytics partners integrate with Tableau, and how you can take advantage of synergies between them to take your analysis to the next level.

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Become a calculations master and go deeper with your analytical analysis. In this session, you'll learn period analysis using DATEDIFF and DATEADD functions, nested logic statements, complex date calculations, intricate string calculations, advanced conditional filtering, and how to integrate parameters for customized calculations.

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Want to design outside the box? Tableau's Show Me is fabulous but sometimes you need to deliver something more specific. In this session, we will explore the multitude of chart types that are possible in Tableau, but aren't considered "defaults." Come learn how to build a control chart, an interactive calendar, a pareto chart, sparklines, a slope graph and a donut chart (if you must). We will also examine some examples of popular chart types today in various publications, and how we can create them in Tableau.

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At TC15, we released a challenge workbook on Tableau Public as a free resource to learn Tableau the same way Tableau Consultants do. This year, we will reveal how to solve the most difficult problems in the workbook. We will visually work through problem solving tactics and workflows, and for each one we will supplement the solution with an example of how we use that technique at Tableau.

Blog Post:  https://www.tableau.com/about/blog/2015/10/are-you-tableau-smart-tableau...

Workbook:  https://public.tableau.com/profile/bshonk#!/vizhome/ChallengeWorkbook/Ch...

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How do you pull as much meaning from data with as little complexity as possible? This often requires a fine balance between visual presentation, statistics, and calculations, art and analysis. This session will show you how to leap from a paint-by-numbers approach to being a full-on data rockstar.

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Are you giving your audience a picture or a power tool? A fish or a fishing pole? This session will teach you how to craft interactive data exploration experiences, enabling your audience to navigate through the space of your data in a guided and self-directed manner. Reach beyond static reporting with interactive features that add depth and detail to your Tableau workbook.

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How much of college statistics do you remember? If your answer is "what are statistics?" this session is for you! Tableau supports a number of basic statistical analysis features that can be powerful tools for understanding data, but can also be misleading if used improperly. Come and learn about these basic statistical concepts in the context of Tableau, so you can avoid being misleading to your manager, and misled yourself. No prior mathematics or statistical background required. Some Tableau familiarity is a plus, but not a requirement.

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You've learned how to drag and drop, and now you want to answer your burning business questions with calculations. In this session we'll use peer-to-peer lending data to analyze risk, write KPIs to track your business metrics, and manipulate dates—the Tableau way. You'll learn how to: aggregate data, conduct KPI analysis with Boolean statements, use "if...then" statements, string calculations, and common date functions. Come explore beginner calcs with us as we dive into one of the most transformational banking trends to date.

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Does the phrase "the calculation contains errors" make you want to throw your laptop off the roof? Are missing parentheses enough to make you take an early lunch? Do you struggle to debug what originally seemed like an easy calculation? If your answer to any of these questions is "yes," we are here to help. While there is no magic wand we can wave to solve all your calculation woes, we are here to reveal the tricks of the trade that will make you look and feel like a calculation magician.

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Do you build dashboards for other people? Creating a dashboard is similar to designing any other product: it starts and ends with the user. In this session, you'll learn simple techniques from User Research and Interaction Design that you can apply at each stage of dashboard development. How effective are your dashboards? Do they invite users to explore answers to their own questions? Do they provide clear affordances for interaction? Do they guide the eye to the most important elements? If not, why? This session will answer these questions and iterate your designs to produce better dashboards for your audience.

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Know every trick and approach to using parameters and actions in your dashboards? Confident that you've seen every creative approach for weaving an interactive data story using Tableau? This session will change your mind and is designed to show those deeply familiar with calculations, parameters, and actions how you can often stack, layer, and intertwine these capabilities. Achieve interactivity and customization inside your Tableau dashboards unlike anything demonstrated in normal training, or listed in standard documentation. Join this Jedi session and learn how to color outside the lines when it comes to parameterized sheet control, active zone layering, event-driven reference lines, and user-driven annotations.

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One of the most powerful new features in Tableau is cross-database joins, which gives you two methods of data integration: data blending and cross database joins. In this session, you'll learn advanced data blending techniques, an overview of cross database joins, and the situations where each technique should be used. To get the most out of this session, you should have a basic knowledge of data blending, joins, and basic calculations.

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Are you new to data analysis? Is most of your data in Excel? In this hands-on session we will cover how to prepare your Excel data for analysis in Tableau, and best practices for creating a "single source of truth." We'll cover data preparation topics such as split, data interpreter, and pivot, as well as how to standardize field names, data types, hierarchies, groups, aliases, and calculated fields.

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Come learn about all the different ways you can use Tableau filters to distill your data and discover what really matters. This session will teach you how to dig deep into your data, improve your performance, and sift through the noise and distractions of a large data set. This is a fast-paced session, so we recommend you are comfortable working within Tableau Desktop.

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Have you worked with table calcs in the past and want to take your skills to the next level?  This hands-on class takes a deeper dive into the world of table calculations in Tableau 10!  We will focus on aspects of table calcs outside of the basic "Quick Table Calculations" dialog.  At the end of this class you will have a good understanding of the below topics:
- Writing your own table calcs using the calculation dialog
- Customizing how table calcs are computed using partitioning and addressing
- Basics of nested table calculations
- Filtering using table calculations

Before joining this session, you should be familiar with:

Applying basic table calcs (Percent of total, Year over year growth, etc.)

Changing how a table calc is computed using the drop down menu (Table Down, Pane Down)

Writing basic calculations (Profit ratios, percentages)

An understanding of basic aggregations (SUM, AVG, MIN/MAX)

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If you're in search of more end-user interactivity in your dashboards, this session is for you. Parameters allow you to create user inputs that can be used to adjust measures, swap dimensions, hide worksheets, build conditional logic, and much more. Come learn the basics of parameters from the ground up, and even a few sophisticated parameter use cases.
 

What you will learn:
- What a parameter is
- Simple uses of parameters such as moving averages, what-if analysis, adjusting KPIs, and top N filters
- Sophisticated uses of parameters such as swapping fields within a chart and swapping charts within a dashboard

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Is your dashboard feeling a little…slow? Are your filters and queries lagging? In this hands-on session, we will teach you performance best practices in Tableau so your dashboard will go from running like a Honda to a Mercedes. We will cover data connections, extracts, queries, and visualization design. By the end of this session you'll know how to go under the hood of Tableau and tinker your dashboards for fast, easy, and beautiful performance.

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Forecasting in Tableau is a simple as drag and drop, but how does Tableau's forecasting really work—behind the drag and drop? Why does forecasting behave the way it does? How can you change Tableau's forecasting model? Why doesn’t your forecast work? How can you leverage R? In this session, we will explore Tableau's forecasting capabilities as well as forecasting capabilities with R. Get ready to predict the future!

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Are your dashboards feeling a bit bland? Do you want to create more visual interest in your dashboards? Do you have brand guidelines you need to use? Then formatting is the spice that can make your workbook sing. No matter your level of expertise, this session will teach you how to sharpen your formatting skills. You'll learn what formatting tools are at your disposal, best practices for workbooks, dashboards, and worksheets.

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This session will focus on customizing and adding to the inherent capabilities in Tableau shown in the beginner level class. You'll gain a better understanding of what Tableau is capable of by calculating standard scores and correlation coefficients, converting mathematical functions into Tableau calculated fields, creating sophisticated variable-width histograms, advanced control charts, and find residuals. Those with familiarity with Tableau Desktop and a basic understanding of statistical concepts are encouraged to participate. You will leave this class equipped for statistical analysis using Tableau's arsenal of functionality. 

What you will learn:
-        Regression and residual analysis
-        Translating mathematical formulas into calculations in Tableau
-        Dynamic control charts
-        Variable-width histograms
-        Derivatives and correlation coefficients

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It's time you mixed it up with your data. This session will teach you some of the basic techniques to use when you want to blend and combine data from many sources, including data marts, warehouses, and cubes. You will learn how and when to use data blending, write a basic calculation across combined data sources, and preview your data integration and cross-database joins. If you're new to data blending or Tableau, this is a great place to get started.

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If you are familiar with calculated fields and are ready for a new level of analysis, join us for the introductory class on Level of Detail (LOD) expressions. Attending this session will enable you to articulate the meaning of "Level of Detail," incorporate best practices and use cases with LOD expressions in your daily flow, and demonstrate how they differ from other calculations.  Get ready to ask new questions of your data, and have the freedom to show the answers how YOU want!

Attending this session will enable you to:
- Articulate the meaning of  "Level of Detail" and how these LOD expressions are different than other calculations
- Create and implement simple yet powerful LOD Expressions
- Incorporate best practices for daily use

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Do you suffer from information overload in your dashboards? Do you have trouble taking a dashboard from concept to execution? In this hands-on session, we’ll introduce you to Guided Analytics—a Tableau information design concept that helps you with interactive dashboard navigation and story points so you can communicate more effectively. Learn how to use the different types of Tableau Actions that will allow your end-users to drill down from summary-level data to more granular information. This session will teach you how to guide your audience with story points and encourage self-service data discovery through highly interactive analysis.

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Jedi calcs are an underrated Jedi power. Come to this session and learn ways to use table calculations and Level of Detail (LOD) expressions in ways you haven't before. We'll show you new alternatives to market baskets, cool functionality within totals, nested table calculations, data densification, and answering real-world problems using different viz formats. Learn how to do a distinct count over a rolling time period, how to track status changes over time, and how to use LODs to creatively use filters.  Witness the power of this fully operational battle station visualization platform!

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Learn how to effectively communicate information in 10 seconds or less. In this session, you will begin the transformation from being a dashboard builder to becoming a visual designer and data storyteller. Learn how to provide insightful analytics at the correct level of complexity in a well thought out user interface.

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Are you bored of your same old bar charts, line charts, and pie charts (god forbid)? Do you want to see some visualizations which go beyond default chart types in Tableau? Think you can only do advanced and customized visuals in tools like D3 and R? Think again. This session will show how a variety of advanced chart types are possible in Tableau through math, data restructuring, and some Jedi Tableau hacking. Attendees of this session will learn how to create several advanced chart types in Tableau including, sunbursts, jump plots, radial trees, hive plots, gauge charts, and cartograms. Presenters will walk thru how to create these graphs in Tableau, AND cover when and why to use each. The audience will expand their knowledge of Tableau and learn some new and unique ways of applying these visualization types to tell their data stories.

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Want to integrate R into your workflow, both before and during your analysis in Tableau Desktop? Come to this hands-on training to get familiar with the R environment, learn how to manipulate data directly in R, and finally bring that data into Tableau. Once in Tableau, we’ll show you how to use the R-Integration feature to make calls directly to R to open up the rich statistical features of R to Tableau. In this session you’ll learn:
- How data goes back and forth
- How to debug common issues in R-Integration
- How to optimize the performance of the calls

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There's no magic wand, but you can create magic with multiple marks in Tableau. Come to this session to learn the tricks data wizards use to best utilize multiple marks cards and dual axis charts to create amazing visualizations. We'll teach you how to synchronize axes, and how to best use chart types with multiple marks. You won't be able to help revealing these secrets to all of your colleagues.

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If you've ever wondered what percentage of sales comes from each of your market segments, or wanted to understand year over year growth in new customer acquisition, going beyond the basics with table calculations is for you. Table calculations are the computational workhorses of Tableau, and they let you take your analysis beyond the simple slicing and dicing of measures and dimensions. We'll teach you the basics of table calculations—how they work, when to use them, and why they're useful tools to have in your toolbox. You should be able to write basic calculations and build basic visualizations for this session.

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Come to this session and get a practical overview of using Level of Detail (LOD) expressions to solve real-world business challenges. We'll teach you the syntax, prefixes, and practical use cases that will answer YOUR specific questions. We'll draw similarities between SQL subqueries and LOD expressions, tips and tricks to understand how to LODs and challenge you with some LOD exercises that we'll solve together. By the end of this session, you'll be able to slice through your business data with LOD expressions like a hot knife through butter.

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