Thursday, 13 February 2014

12 Tableau - Getting Started

Tableau is an extremely powerful tool to create beautiful visualizations without having to bother about writing any kind of code.  It is a "pure" drag and drop tool that is ideal for all those who are allergic to programming. Unfortunately, Tableau is neither free, nor open source. But unlike SAS and other snooty products, Tableau very kindly offers us a free public version that you can download. To get started with Tableau, you can try out this tutorial and walk through to the end, you would be able to create beautiful charts that you host -- but only publicly -- at on your website, like this !

or this

Here are some more relevent resources
1. A set of data files that you can practice with.
2. A tutorial with good data from General Social Survey
3. A quick start guide with corresponding data from Super Store.
4. A white paper from Tableau on Which Chart is Right for You !
New Resources added in Jan 2016
5. Tekslate Tutorial on Tableau - including interview questions
6. Analytics Vidhya Introduction to Tableau
7. MuLin Tutorial -- quite nice


  1. Tableau also provides 1 year free license for students if one can provide the documents mentioned. I uploaded my fee receipt and they mailed a license key within 72 hrs.