Generating Data using Tableau Prep

So, if you are like me and somehow, happen to have a few hours with no specific task to do, you get itchy. Itchy to do something with tech. That’s what happened today. I had a few hours and someone recently asked to create some dummy data for a project. So, I said to myself, why don’t I create a Data Generator routine using Tableau Prep Builder?

I know I can look at a lot of online data generators that allow me to create custom data. The big issue is they don’t help me create a good story because there is no signal or an outlier in the data.

Well, worry not. In less than 5 minutes, you can create the dataset that you need with your own liking for your own industry.

So, what do you need

  1. Tableau Prep Builder (Download the .tfl file)
  2. Data Input File (Download excel here)
  3. Tableau Desktop (Download .twb here)

And watch the following video. In less than 5 minutes, you will have some nice data to play with.

Chapter 6: Calculated fields with Tableau

It’s not always that your data EXACTLY the way you need. Infact, many a times, you don’t have much of the data in your dataset

However, often, what you are looking for is available in your dataset in a different form. And, that’s when we can use calculated fields to build new ways of looking at our data. These calculated fields are new blocks from existing blocks of information we already have. We discussed that in our next session with the olympics data

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Chapter 5: Filters with Tableau

In order to keep interest in a topic, some changes are required. We realized that “at home” that using the same data that we have been using so far for our “Data+Kids” project isn’t quite working so well. So, we moved over to Olympics data to see what we can find about that

In this chapter, we mostly covered “Tableau Filters” and some concepts like understanding the various fields in your data set and how they could be related

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Sharing Lavanya’s exploration with data about music

Lavanya wanted to explore data about music and in our video, she shares her perspective about research on the topic, understanding the data and showing us how she learnt

Sharing Livienne’s exploration with data about cereals

Livienne spent about 2 hours (well, she said about more than 1 hr 45 mins but less than 2 hours, she likes being specific) on Tableau since we last spoke.

Here is a video of her work so far using cereal data