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Tableau Dashboard Cookbook by Jen Stirrup

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Hierarchies for revealing the dashboard message

It can become difficult to manage data, particularly if you have many columns. It can become more difficult if they are similarly named, too. As you'd expect, Tableau helps you to organize your data so that it is easier to navigate and keep track of everything.

From the user perspective, hierarchies improve navigation and use by allowing the users to navigate from a headline down to a detailed level. From a Tableau's perspective, hierarchies are groups of columns that are arranged in increasing levels of granularity. Each deeper level of the hierarchy refers to more specific details of the data.

Some hierarchies are natural hierarchies, such as date. So, say Tableau works out that a column is a date ...

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