Tableau

Tableau is a widely used business intelligence tool used to analyse and visualise data. You can use Tableau to create a single interactive visualisation, or create a series of visualisations that can be easily transformed into a interactive dashboard. Check out Tableau's Viz of the Day to see the power of visual storytelling with Tableau. 

The Digital Skills Lab  is currently running a four part workshop series in Tableau. Workshops will take place online and in person throughout the year. Click on the links below to book your place or express an interest so that you are notified as soon as workshops are available to book. 

Please note that the content for the online and in-person workshops are the same. Unless (online) shows up in the workshop booking link, the session will take place on campus in LRB.R.08 in the lower ground floor of the Library following current government guidelines, i.e. masks and social distancing measures will be in place to stop the spread of coronavirus. If you are booking an online workshop please make sure you meet the technical requirements

If you can't find what you're looking for below, please email digital.skills.lab@lse.ac.uk or attend one of our drop-in sessions for advice. 

We also have workshops and self-study courses in SPSSStata, Python and R. See below if you're not sure which is right for you. 

Tableau vs SPSS/Stata

SPSS/Stata are primarily for data analysis, whereas Tableau is primarily for data visualisation with very limited analyitical functionality. If your focus is data visualisation then Tableau is likely the better option; if you are focusing on analysis then Stata/SPSS are likely the best option. All three have drop down menu/drag and drop interfaces and all would require a licence; Tableau does offer Tableau Public which is a open-source more limited version of Tableau.

Tableau vs R/Python

The main advantage of Tableau over R/Python is the lower barrier of entry to making great visualisations, as you do not need to learn to programme. This makes Tableau easier to access and learn. The main pro of using R/Python over Tableau is that R/Python are open-source, and can be more flexible, allowing you to utilise more options from the wide array of libraries R/Python have.

 

Tableau Workshop Series

This workshop series provides you with the primary tools and concepts for building data visualisations with Tableau, allowing you to build your confidence and continue learning independently.

Tableau 1: Introduction to Tableau (Workshop)

In this workshop you will learn the basics of using Tableau and will build three simple visualisations.

By the end of these sessions you will understand how to:

  • Import data into Tableau
  • Use the Tableau interface
  • Make tables, bar plots, and scatter plots

Click on the link below to check availability and book your place: 

Tableau 1: Introduction to Tableau  

Tableau 1: Introduction to Tableau (online) 

Tableau 2: Filtering and Sorting (Workshop)

In this workshop you will learn how to perform filtering and sorting on your visualisations.

By the end of these sessions you will understand how to:

  • Apply different filters to your visualisations
  • Use sets, or subsets, to explore different parts of your data
  • Apply different sorting parameters to your visualisations

Click on the link below to check availability and book your place: 

Tableau 2: Filtering and Sorting  

Tableau 2: Filtering and Sorting (online)

Tableau 3: Geographic Data and Relationships (Workshop)

In this workshop you will learn how to use Tableau to visualise geographic data, and how to link geographic data to location data.

By the end of these sessions you will understand how to:

  • Use Tableau to visualise geographic data
  • Link geographic data to location data using relationships

Click on the link below to check availability and book your place: 

Tableau 3: Geographic Data and Relationships  

Tableau 3: Geographic Data and Relationships (online) 

Tableau 4: Time Series and Aggregations (Workshop)

In this workshop you will learn how to use Tableau to visualise time series data, as well as how to make and visualise aggregated data.  

By the end of these sessions you will understand how to:

  • Use Tableau to visualise time series data
  • Use Tableau to do row-wise aggregations with Calculated Fields
  • Add forecast data to your visualisations using Tableau

Click on the link below to check availability and book your place: 

Tableau 4: Time Series and Aggregations 

Tableau 4: Time Series and Aggregations (online)