Data visualization is an important tool for researchers, assisting in both analysis and communication of results. A good visualization casts data into a visual presentation that can be grasped and understood much more quickly and easily than the raw numbers alone, improving the efficiency of communicated information.
In this tutorial we present the basics on how to use Tableau, a tool capable of creating a wide variety of visualizations. Developed through PhD research at Stanford, Tableau (http://www.tableausoftware.com) supports of variety of data formats and through simple interactions allows fast exploration to find the visualization most suited to the data. Additionally Tableau offers their desktop software free to post-secondary students.
In this tutorial we will explore the fundamentals importing data and then using this software to create visualizations. If possible, please bring a dataset on a USB stick that you wish to visualize.