Getting a little lost in the detail? Stop, rewind, Worksheet -> Show Summary

Understanding the nature of your data will play a huge part in how you process it, your choice of analyses or statistics and, ultimately, what you end up visualising.

Exploring key elements of the underlying data structure is straightforward in Tableau. All that is needed is the ‘Show Summary’ card.

Here’s how to access it:

 

 

This will add the card to the right of the view with default stats included:

You can add more to this using the drop down arrow:

 

 

Remember that there are also some graphical ways to explore these elements using the ‘Analytics’ pane:

 

 

And there you have it. Another little tool for the data toolbox.

‘Til next time.