Much like a puppeteer, writing a report involves pulling the strings behind the scenes, and animating an expression to the front stage. Tableau 9 brings a bucket load of new features to the already popular reporting tool…. Introducing LEVEL of DETAIL CALCULATIONS…. my favourite new feature, bringing new tricks for the puppeteer.

Like a pivot table, calculations work off the lowest level of detail in your report columns and rows. In this video, we will demonstrate this behaviour, using a ranking function against 2013’s Top 100 Movie releases such as the well publicised Dallas Buyers Club.

We will also demonstrate how level of detail calculations make it easy to rank the Studio, whilst still showing the movie title in the row detail level.

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