Peter Gamble-Beresford

Peter Gamble-Beresford

Peter Gamble-Beresford

Peter’s interest in data analysis began with reading Freakonomics whilst at 6th Form College. Using models to analyse data in order to explain unusual phenomena inspired him to go on to study Economics at University.

Since graduating he has worked in a number of analytical roles as a contractor at two national banks in the UK, and between contracts spent the winter months teaching Skiing and Snowboarding at an Austrian ski-school.

Most recently he has been working in social media analytics, where he started using Tableau. After getting to grips with the software and being inspired by some enthusiastic members of the community, he decided he wanted to learn much more and work with Tableau every day – so was extremely excited to join The Data School!

Tableau Dashboard Week at the Data School

On the 'quiet' weeks in which we don't have a client project to work on, we are still being challenged to work with different data sets and hone our dashboarding and analysis skills each day. One of these weeks is 'Dashboard Week', where we are challenged with a new...

Tackling Chinese Pollution – The Makeover

Continuing from my previous blog post, I take a look at how I approached the makeover to my initial application to the Data School. In our very first week of the Data School, we learned a lot on data visualisation best practice - thinking about your audience and...

Dynamic list values for drop-down tools in Alteryx

This week we have been working our way through the Alteryx weekly challenges – they are a great way to learn new tools and techniques and present you with problems you may not face in your day to day work. In short, they are an excellent way to expand your Alteryx...

Quick Alteryx tip – align your tools

Here's a great little trick I learned in the first week or two of learning Alteryx - two helpful keyboard shortcuts for aligning the tools in your workflow. It's all too easy to make a really effective workflow that ends up looking a bit confusing if the way the tools...

3 ways to annotate your Alteryx workflows

Workflows in Alteryx can quickly become messy and seemingly complex without a little effort to keep things tidy and understandable. If you have to hand over a workflow to a colleague or client, the workflow will have to be documented effectively for them to understand...

3 Nifty Tableau Keyboard Shortcuts

Whilst using tableau I’m always on the lookout for nifty tricks that will help speed up productivity and make the software easier to use. There are lots of blog posts detailing some of these hidden tricks (here’s a good one by Carl), so I wanted to blog about some of...

Makeover Monday – Under Pressure

For Makeover Monday this week the Data School joined the Live broadcast from the Tableau Conference on Tour from London’s Tobacco Docks. The Andys released a dataset on gender inequality in the US, and we got to work shortly before 3pm. The first step was to chuck all...

Alberto Cairo’s The Functional Art

I chose Alberto Cairo’s The Functional Art for this week’s book review blog post. Due tothe high quality of all the other blog posts I’ve been publishing this week, I’ve been unable to get further than the first chapter. However, I’m rather glad about that, because,...

Using Alteryx to prepare JSON data for Tableau

Continuing from my previous post, where I retrieved crime data using an API, we will now look at the process I used for preparing this data for Tableau. The end goal is to be able to plot the location for each crime in the dataset and be able to see detailed...

Using an API in Alteryx to retrieve crime data

In week 3 of The Data School our task for the week was to build an Alteryx app to retrieve data from an API where possible. Connecting to an API opens up all sorts of new data sources, and isn’t necessarily that difficult to implement, so it’s worth taking the time to...

Alteryx – A Beginner’s View

It’s week three and we have just started our Alteryx training at the Data School, so, I’d like to explain what Alteryx is from a beginner’s perspective, and tell you why you should prioritise giving it a go sooner, rather than later. Not heard of Alteryx? I’ll forgive...

The First Week of Data School

If you’ve been keeping up with the data school blog so far, you’ll have heard about some of the highlights from our first week: our welcome party, meeting James Eiloart, and a lesson in data analysis from Zen Master Peter Gilks. To reassure you that we are actually...