Samuel Shurmer

Samuel Shurmer

Samuel Shurmer

Sam graduated from Economics BSc at Plymouth University in 2015, unsure what to do he eventually found himself studying an MSc in Economics & Business, specialising in Urban, Port, & Transport Economics at Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam. During this time Sam found himself playing with far more complex data, so he went looking for a tool to help him overcome this. After a quick google he found Tableau and hasn’t stopped since. After a while he was looking to sharpen his tools and abilities with Tableau and found the Data School and knew it was the place for him to sharpen his skills and become a better analyst.

Using the legend to set highlight colours; permanently.

Quite often on Tableau, I find myself using highlighters to find or follow a value, or just allow myself to get to grips with how the data is structured and some basic facts from within the data. However, there are cases when you might envisage this as being part of...

Dashboard Week Day 3? – The Final Flourish

Today we were tasked with quite a different Dashboard, and we weren’t even expecting a dashboard day either, and this was to create a visualisation using the tool Flourish . Flourish is a free tool that is available to create quick visualisations from a series of...

Dashboard week – Day 2 – The Endgame (Nearly)

After what can only be described as a gruelling introduction to Dashboard week on Tuesday, read my blog here if you haven’t already, Andy decided to give us a well-structured data set. This was focusing on the Deaths and lives of Various Avengers within the Marvel...

NHS data – A lesson in Alteryx & the Pareto Principle

So today was the first day of Dashboard week, the cohort-ly challenge week, where we are given a day to prep and make a dashboard, present it (from the previous day), and then write a blog about what we learnt (every day) – so here is my first account. This morning we...

Easy Connections – Alteryx

Often on Alteryx you can find yourself working with lots of different connections, especially when using joins. While this is only sorted with a few mouse clicks; it can get rather tedious, and nothing is worse than missing your connections and having to pull over...

2 Months in – the Half-way House.

It only feels like a week since I wrote my first blog, discussing what I had learnt during my first week at the data school; they do say time flies when you are having fun. I now feel in a much better position to add some perspective to this reflection, and hopefully...

Tableau Tip Tuesday: An easy way to keep your formatting

I was recently at the London TUG (Tableau User Group), where I was presented with a tip by Corey Jones, a 2018 iron viz finalist, that can make significant speed and ease when building highly formatted tables. While there are some blogs on this already, it is a tip...

Table Calculations: Moving Averages

Table Calculations are a major part of calculations within Tableau, allowing you to do complex along the row calculations as long as everything is within the view (within a marks card or column/row shelf). It is possible to start these calculations in either 2 ways....

Macros; they aren’t as scary as they sound

Macros; what are they and why should we use them? A macro is a workflow that you can create within Alteryx to then drop into another Alteryx workflow. These also exist in similar veins within other products or even from other items within the PC space, they...