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Rapid Graphs with Tableau 8: The Original Guide for the Accidental Analyst [Paperback]

Stephen McDaniel , Dr Eileen McDaniel
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26 April 2013
The 8 version of this book is now published by Apress in grayscale in print and in color via ebooks.
+ Written by Tableau insider & product manager, teaching Tableau to thousands since 2009
+ Real-world examples that you can follow
+ High-def videos & solutions at Freakalytics.com
+ The fourth edition-proven & trusted

Tired of boring spreadsheets and data overload from confusing graphs? Master the art of rapid graphs with Tableau! Our hands-on case study approach and more than 225 illustrations teach you how to quickly explore and understand your data to make informed decisions in a wide variety of real-world situations. We include best practices of visual analytics for ideas on how to communicate your findings with audience-friendly graphs, tables and maps.
"A picture is worth a thousand words" is a common saying that is more relevant today than ever as data volumes grow and the need for easy access to answers becomes more critical. This book covers the core of Tableau capabilities in easy-to-follow examples, updated and expanded for Version 8, as the fourth edition of the first book on Tableau. Learn how to be successful with Tableau from the team that started the original training program as the founding Tableau Education Partner!
"A must read for anyone interested in Tableau. Clear explanations, practical advice and beautiful examples!"
Elissa Fink - Chief Marketing Officer, Tableau Software
"A great work- this is going to be a much-loved book."
Marc Rueter - Senior Director of Technology, Consulting and Strategy, Tableau Software
"Well written, easy to use book that has something for everyone. A great resource if you are new to Tableau... but also useful tips for advanced users as well."
Bob Morrison - Founder/CEO, Quadrant Arts Education Research and Chairman at MakeMusic
Stephen McDaniel
Stephen is passionate about helping people understand, present and take action with their data. He is author of SAS for Dummies, The AccidentalAnalyst and the Rapid Dashboard Reference Card. He has been on the Faculty of The American Marketing Association and The Data Warehouse Institute and is currently Director of Analytics at Tableau Software and Principal Analyst at Freakalytics, LLC.
Eileen McDaniel
Co-founder of Freakalytics, Eileen directs the development of books and course materials. She is lead author of The Accidental Analyst: Show Your Data Who's Boss. This book provides a step-by-step analysis framework to help people who didn’t plan for a career as an analyst, but now must analyze data quickly and effectively.
Visit www.Freakalytics.com for information on analyst and Tableau training seminars.

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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (26 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1484964497
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484964491
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 20 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,189,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1.0 out of 5 stars Badly let down by the production quality 25 May 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The info may well be sound, but I'm never going to know...this one's going back and I'll get the Wiley book or maybe I'll wait for the "official guide" to be released. The diagrams are poor quality, mostly badly focused black and white, the page layout is awful, unjustified text running right to the edge of the page....looks like something you'd print out yourself if you wanted to save paper!

The editing is pretty bad too - semi random over use of bold is really distracting.

I saw similar criticism of their other book"the accidental analyst"...wish I'd seen it before I bought it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great resource with comprehensive analyst coverage 25 July 2013
By Design with Data SF - Published on Amazon.com
I borrowed this book from a colleague as we are evaluating using Tableau for our business analysts. This book provided a comprehensive review or Tableau and took me a few weeks to work through. It did a great job at showing not just the software but good analytic and charting examples.

The early chapters are a rapid overview, the middle is all about all the chart types and common uses and the later chapters go in-depth for a wide range of features from Sets to filters to forecasting and more. I found lots of details and tips that kept me from being lost in the labryinth of features and even finding myself wondering what else could be built.

Overall, reading this helped quite a bit with my product review of Tableau Desktop. I also tried the Tableau training videos, but found they were a bit slow for my taste (after the intro videos) versus reading at my own pace.

Since I didn't buy this book, when I read the other reviews on this book I was surprised. Are you seeking a coloring book? You can see the color in the app while you build the examples in this book and I only noticed a few places where color would have mattered much.

My one ding is that it's a bit light on the Server and tablet usage, but I found the sales demo from Tableau filled in the blanks remaining on that front.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What happened to the color? 8 Jun 2013
By Lane - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the third version of the book that I own (6/7 and now 8.0) and this version is not published in color. It REALLY takes away from the book, which of course is comprehensive and well-written.

Not only does it betray the beauty of the software, it makes it very difficult to discern what is highlighted, what is being compared etc.

I didn't expect that, but suppose I should have considering Accidental Analyst was "monotone" as well.

Disappointed guys. Considering Tableau's growth and the fact there are other books on 8.0 coming, I would rapidly republish in color and offer a trade-if (haha)
5.0 out of 5 stars Good handbook 28 Oct 2013
By Dr - Published on Amazon.com
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Good succinct explanations. Too bad it is too expensive for color. I use it as a quick reference as well.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No Colour Really Disappoints 14 Jun 2013
By johnl - Published on Amazon.com
Really only tuning in to Tableau, so was looking for a good book on the subject and expected this to be it. It is a good book - but being in monotone REALLY REALLY takes away from it - given the nature of the subject. The cover - the only part of the book in colour - creates the expectation that the book doesn't deliver on it.

Having a book on data VISUALISATION charts in monotone just doesn't make sense. It impacts the scripting/explanations too - as the writers have to explain things they would otherwise not need to if the charts were in colour... as they clearly should be.

It's a great pity - as otherwise it is a good book written by obvious experts.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Without colors ? 21 July 2013
By Alexandre - Published on Amazon.com
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I think that a book about tableu should have colours in graphics. Black and white graphics is very poor to understand the resources of tableu.
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