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Learning Tableau 10 - Second Edition by Joshua N. Milligan

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Parameters

Before moving to some additional examples of Row Level and Aggregate Level calculations, let's take a little side trip to examine parameters, as they can be used in incredible ways in calculations.

A parameter in Tableau is a place-holder for a single global value, such as a number, date, or string. Parameters may be shown as controls (such as sliders, drop-down lists, or type-in text boxes) to end users of dashboards or views, giving them the ability to change the current value of the parameter. The value of a parameter is global, so that if the value is changed, every view and calculation in the workbook that references the parameter will use the new value. Parameters provide another way to provide rich interactivity to end-users of ...

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