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Creating Data Stories with Tableau Public by Matt Floyd, Ashley Ohmann

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Types of calculations

There are several types of calculations that you can create, as listed previously. Some of them are common to other data management tools, but some, such as user calculations, are unique to Tableau Public.

When creating calculated fields, the functions that you can apply on a field depends on the type of that field. For instance, you can't perform multiplication functions on a string field (even if it contains only numbers) without first converting it to a numeric field. Similarly, you can't concatenate numeric values without first converting them to strings.

Basic mathematical functions, such as addition (+), subtraction (-), multiplication (*), division (/), and exponents (^), are created by typing the standard operators ...

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