My company, OpenBI, is a consulting partner of hot visualization vendor Tableau. We’re quite excited about the latest product release for many reasons, perhaps the most significant being the long-awaited integration with the R statistical platform. In the Fall, I had the opportunity to participate in the 8.1 Beta Program that provided access to Tableau product management/support for my often-dumb questions about the new functionality.

The Tableau-R integration allows developers to create workbook variables using the R language and statistical procedures. An added benefit is that the R computations generally behave as the analyst “wants” when filtering or performing slice and dice. I’ve successfully used simple R code to drive my split-apply-combine stock portfolio return normalization and percent change calculations. The uninitiated can learn a lot from the highly-informative R and Tableau: Data Science at the Speed of Thought webinar by Bora Beran.

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