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Tableau Strategies
Tableau Strategies

If you want to increase Tableau's value to your organization, this practical book has your back. Authors Ann Jackson and Luke Stanke guide data analysts through strategies for solving real-world analytics problems using Tableau. Starting with the basics and building toward advanced topics such as multidimensional analysis and user experience, you'll explore pragmatic and creative examples that you can apply to your own data. Staying competitive today requires the ability to quickly analyze and visualize data and make data-driven decisions. With this guide, data practitioners and leaders alike will learn strategies for building compelling and purposeful visualizations, dashboards, and data products. Every chapter contains the why behind the solution and the technical knowledge you need to make it work. Use this book as a high-value on-the-job reference guide to Tableau; Visualize different data types and tackle specific data challenges; Create compelling data visualizations ...
Advanced Analytics with Transact-SQL
Advanced Analytics with Transact-SQL

Learn about business intelligence (BI) features in T-SQL and how they can help you with data science and analytics efforts without the need to bring in other languages such as R and Python. This book shows you how to compute statistical measures using your existing skills in T-SQL. You will learn how to calculate descriptive statistics, including centers, spreads, skewness, and kurtosis of distributions. You will also learn to find associations between pairs of variables, including calculating linear regression formulas and confidence levels with definite integration. No analysis is good without data quality. Advanced Analytics with Transact-SQL introduces data quality issues and shows you how to check for completeness and accuracy, and measure improvements in data quality over time. The book also explains how to optimize queries involving temporal data, such as when you search for overlapping intervals. More advanced time-oriented information in the book includes haza ...
Mastering Tableau 2021, 3rd Edition
Mastering Tableau 2021, 3rd Edition

Tableau is one of the leading business intelligence (BI) tools used to solve data analysis challenges. With this book, you will master Tableau's features and offerings in various paradigms of the BI domain. Updated with fresh topics including Quick Level of Detail expressions, the newest Tableau Server features, Einstein Discovery, and more, this book covers essential Tableau concepts and advanced functionalities. Leveraging Tableau Hyper files and using Prep Builder, you'll be able to perform data preparation and handling easily. You'll gear up to perform complex joins, spatial joins, unions, and data blending tasks using practical examples. Following this, you'll learn how to execute data densification and further explore expert-level examples to help you with calculations, mapping, and visual design using Tableau extensions. You'll also learn about improving dashboard performance, connecting to Tableau Server and understanding data visualization with examples. Finally, you'll cov ...
Advancing into Analytics
Advancing into Analytics

Data analytics may seem daunting, but if you're an experienced Excel user, you have a unique head start. With this hands-on guide, intermediate Excel users will gain a solid understanding of analytics and the data stack. By the time you complete this book, you'll be able to conduct exploratory data analysis and hypothesis testing using a programming language. Exploring and testing relationships are core to analytics. By using the tools and frameworks in this book, you'll be well positioned to continue learning more advanced data analysis techniques. Author George Mount, founder and CEO of Stringfest Analytics demonstrates key statistical concepts with spreadsheets, then pivots your existing knowledge about data manipulation into R and Python programming. This practical book guides you through: - Foundations of analytics in Excel: Use Excel to test relationships between variables and build compelling demonstrations of important concepts in statistics a ...
Data Pipelines Pocket Reference
Data Pipelines Pocket Reference

Data pipelines are the foundation for success in data analytics. Moving data from numerous diverse sources and transforming it to provide context is the difference between having data and actually gaining value from it. This pocket reference defines data pipelines and explains how they work in today's modern data stack. You'll learn common considerations and key decision points when implementing pipelines, such as batch versus streaming data ingestion and build versus buy. This book addresses the most common decisions made by data professionals and discusses foundational concepts that apply to open source frameworks, commercial products, and homegrown solutions. You'll learn: What a data pipeline is and how it works; How data is moved and processed on modern data infrastructure, including cloud platforms; Common tools and products used by data engineers to build pipelines; How pipelines support analytics and reporting needs; Considerations for pipeline maintenance, testing ...
The Economics of Data, Analytics, and Digital Transformation
The Economics of Data, Analytics, and Digital Transformation

In today's digital era, every organization has data, but just possessing enormous amounts of data is not a sufficient market discriminator. The Economics of Data, Analytics and Digital Transformation aims to provide actionable insights into the real market discriminators, including an organization's data-fueled analytics products that inspire innovation, deliver insights, help make practical decisions, generate value, and produce mission success for the enterprise. The book begins by first building your mindset to be value-driven and introducing the Big Data Business Model Maturity Index, its maturity index phases, and how to navigate the index. You will explore value engineering, where you will learn how to identify key business initiatives, stakeholders, advanced analytics data sources, and instrumentation strategies that are essential to data science success. The book will help you accelerate and optimize your company's operations through AI and machine learn ...
Advanced Analytics in Power BI with R and Python
Advanced Analytics in Power BI with R and Python

This easy-to-follow guide provides R and Python recipes to help you learn and apply the top languages in the field of data analytics to your work in Microsoft Power BI. Data analytics expert and author Ryan Wade shows you how to use R and Python to perform tasks that are extremely hard, if not impossible, to do using native Power BI tools. For example, you will learn to score Power BI data using custom data science models and powerful models from Microsoft Cognitive Services. The R and Python languages are powerful complements to Power BI. They enable advanced data transformation techniques that are difficult to perform in Power BI in its default configuration but become easier by leveraging the capabilities of R and Python. If you are a business analyst, data analyst, or a data scientist who wants to push Power BI and transform it from being just a business intelligence tool into an advanced data analytics tool, then this is the book to help you do that. ...
IoT and Edge Computing for Architects, 2nd Edition
IoT and Edge Computing for Architects, 2nd Edition

Industries are embracing IoT technologies to improve operational expenses, product life, and people's well-being. An architectural guide is needed if you want to traverse the spectrum of technologies needed to build a successful IoT system, whether that's a single device or millions of IoT devices. IoT and Edge Computing for Architects, Second Edition encompasses the entire spectrum of IoT solutions, from IoT sensors to the cloud. It examines modern sensor systems, focusing on their power and functionality. It also looks at communication theory, paying close attention to near-range PAN, including the new Bluetooth® 5.0 specification and mesh networks. Then, the book explores IP-based communication in LAN and WAN, including 802.11ah, 5G LTE cellular, Sigfox, and LoRaWAN. It also explains edge computing, routing and gateways, and their role in fog computing, as well as the messaging protocols of MQTT 5.0 and CoAP. With the data now in internet form, you'll get an understanding of ...
Beginning Apache Spark Using Azure Databricks
Beginning Apache Spark Using Azure Databricks

Analyze vast amounts of data in record time using Apache Spark with Databricks in the Cloud. Learn the fundamentals, and more, of running analytics on large clusters in Azure and AWS, using Apache Spark with Databricks on top. Discover how to squeeze the most value out of your data at a mere fraction of what classical analytics solutions cost, while at the same time getting the results you need, incrementally faster. This book explains how the confluence of these pivotal technologies gives you enormous power, and cheaply, when it comes to huge datasets. You will begin by learning how cloud infrastructure makes it possible to scale your code to large amounts of processing units, without having to pay for the machinery in advance. From there you will learn how Apache Spark, an open source framework, can enable all those CPUs for data analytics use. Finally, you will see how services such as Databricks provide the power of Apache Spark, without you having to know a ...
Pro Power BI Desktop, 3rd Edition
Pro Power BI Desktop, 3rd Edition

Deliver eye-catching and insightful business intelligence with Microsoft Power BI Desktop. This new edition has been updated to cover all the latest features of Microsoft's continually evolving visualization product. New in this edition is help with storytelling - adapted to PCs, tablets, and smartphones - and the building of a data narrative. You will find coverage of templates and JSON style sheets, data model annotations, and the use of composite data sources. Also provided is an introduction to incorporating Python visuals and the much awaited Decomposition Tree visual. Pro Power BI Desktop shows you how to use source data to produce stunning dashboards and compelling reports that you mold into a data narrative to seize your audience's attention. Slice and dice the data with remarkable ease and then add metrics and KPIs to project the insights that create your competitive advantage. Convert raw data into clear, accurate, and interactive information with Microsoft's free self-ser ...
Beginning Microsoft Power BI
Beginning Microsoft Power BI

Analyze company data quickly and easily using Microsoft's powerful data tools. Learn to build scalable and robust data models, clean and combine different data sources effectively, and create compelling and professional visuals. Beginning Power BI is a hands-on, activity-based guide that takes you through the process of analyzing your data using the tools that that encompass the core of Microsoft's self-service BI offering. Starting with Power Query, you will learn how to get data from a variety of sources, and see just how easy it is to clean and shape the data prior to importing it into a data model. Using Power BI tabular and the Data Analysis Expressions (DAX), you will learn to create robust scalable data models which will serve as the foundation of your data analysis. From there you will enter the world of compelling interactive visualizations to analyze and gain insight into your data. You will wrap up your Power BI journey by learning how to package and share your reports an ...
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