Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Tableau Desktop

We are learning how to use Tableau Desktop analytics software at the moment. It is marketed as a data visualization and business intelligence tool. It produces some fantastic visualizations and there is a very good gallery of public images. It is worth visiting their gallery for some fantastic examples of what can be done. This is not exactly a home purchase but it is well priced for the desktop version and well worth the money. The easiest way to describe it is as rocket powered visual pivot tables. The charts and maps can be saved as images or into pdf. There is a free version called Tableau public that people can play with and free reader software. Well worth a try and I could see more researchers in universities using this tool.

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