Ask SWC: What Is The New R Feature For Tableau 8.1

February 14, 2014   //   Business Intelligence, , , , ,

Everyone is talking about R these days and no, that doesn’t make them pirates! R is a popular (and free) statistical language for predictive analytics that can now be integrated into Tableau 8.1, one of our favorite business intelligence tools. Watch my recent episode of “Ask SWC” to learn more about R.
Tableau 8.1 and R
R is a popular statistical language if you haven’t heard of it before. A lot of people are now using it for predictive analytics and advanced statistical analysis for things like linear regression, advanced “what if” analysis, data mining and also sentiment analysis. It’s great for people trying to do predictive analysis or a lot of analytics on big data or large data sets efficiently and effectively. The other benefit is that it’s free – R is an open source software environment and programming language. One of the nice things about the open source community is that they are always collaborating and developing new features and functionality to publish back to the community.

So why are we talking more about R now? In the past R was typically used by data scientists and people that were very technical. But now that R has been integrated with Tableau 8.1, R features and functionality have greatly enhanced Tableau’s past predictive modeling type capabilities for trending and forecasting. Those functions and models can be used in Tableau by creating different types of calculated fields that dynamically evoke the R engine, passing the values to R and then R passes the values back to Tableau to produce great visualizations. Now people that have become very proficient in R will have the ability to use rich visualizations and people who are newer to R and looking to do more predictive modeling will have an entry way into the solution.

We have had heard so many positive conversations around this topic, that we are focusing our entire first meetup of our Business Intelligence Chicagloand group and community around it. Chad Dotzenrod will lead a discussion and demonstration for the group on Tableau and R. I’d encourage you to join us if you’re available and want to learn more on Thursday, February 20th at Pinstripes in Oak Brook. The event starts at 5:30 PM, the presentation will be at 6:00 PM, and then you can stay for bowling and bocce and lots of other fun discussions around BI.

If you are not able to make the event, we are doing a lot more in the way of technical blogs and providing more information to our business intelligence community groups. So if you haven’t yet subscribed to our blog yet, I encourage you to do so and stay tuned to SWC. We’ll continue to publish great content in the future.

To learn more about Tableau and all of the exciting new features R has for the business intelligence community, please join us for our next informative Business Intelligence event.

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