Creating box plots

Box and whisker plots, also known as box plots, show the distribution of the observed measure. This distribution includes the 25th, 50th, and 75th percentile as well as the minimum and the maximum values of the measure. A box surrounds the interquartile values of the 25th, 50th, and 75th percentile, and whiskers represent the minimum and the maximum values. Since Tableau does not support creating a box plot directly, this recipe is a workaround to create a box plot in Tableau.

Getting ready

Let's use the sample file, Sample – Superstore Sales (Excel). Open a new worksheet and select Sample – Superstore Sales (Excel) as the data source.

How to do it...

Once the data is loaded, perform the following steps to create a box plot of shipping ...

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