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Public Spending Data

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The philosophy behind this view is that when GDP is growing, then spending can also increase without danger of financial ruin. In this context spending may leave you with a different impression than what you normally get. Or, maybe not.

Tableau Contest – Obesity Stats

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Tableau is a data analysis tool that is relatively new. For those who are familiar with Excel, it’s pivot charts done much better. The professional tool is a little expensive for casual consumer use, but recently Tableau released a free version of the software called Tableau Public. Tableau Public is a fully functional version of tableau, the main limitation is that any output must be stored on the public servers and is therefore accessible to anyone.

This month Tableau is conducting a contest jointly with Read Write Web. They are providing 4 sample data sets and the best interactive visualization will win a trip to the Web 2.0 conference in May.

Since we are familiar with Tableau, a couple of us at work are going to be entering the contest. I will probably create several versions of each set until I get something I’m happy with, but my first stab at these sets is the following:

Also, I plan to post some how to videos on data analysis, including some tutorials on how to use tableau. It’s a really great piece of software and the free public version is going to allow many people to see just how good it is.

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