Understanding the Tableau Data Model, Joins, and Blends

In this chapter, we’ll gain a deeper understanding of how to model and structure data with Tableau. We’ve seen the Data Source screen in previous chapters and briefly explored how to drag and drop tables to form relationships. Now, we’ll explore some of Tableau’s more complex features to gain a good understanding of how Tableau allows you to relate multiple tables together, either logically or physically.

We’ll start with a broad overview of Tableau’s new data model and then examine some details of different types of joins and blends. The data model and blending apply primarily to Tableau Desktop (and Server), but pay special attention to the discussion of joins, as a good understanding ...

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