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Visual Variables & Tableau

Source for Visual Variables & Tableau Workshop presentations/information



Developed through PhD research at Stanford, Tableau ( 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. Get your copy at

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Try the trial version free for 30 days from

Tableau Public is another free option (note that all data and visualizations are made public)

Contact us for details on other research options through the University of Calgary.

Upcoming Workshops at the HSL and the TFDL

This guide covers the basics (check back for updates).

Find more details and training options including videos and online training from Tableau at

Prefer a step by step tutorial? Check out the Tableau Starter-Kit at