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

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Creating quick table calculations

Tableau Public has a feature that enables the rapid creation of a table calculation. After dragging a field onto the visualization, typically a measure, you can aggregate and perform table calculations on dimensions, or click on its context menu and select Quick Table Calculation. There is one limitation to this—table calculations cannot be created on fields that have forecasting turned on.

The following are some of the many different types of quick table calculations, though not all of them are available at the same time, and the options vary by the type of dimensions and measures that are also on the visualization:

  • Running total
  • Difference
  • Percent difference
  • Percent of total
  • Rank
  • Percentile
  • Moving average
  • Year to date ...

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