Public Spending Data


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


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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