Howdy, everyone! Here are all the links you may or may not need for class today.
First, download Tableau Public, if you haven’t already:
Second, download the county rankings data, from here:
We want the top file – the 2015 county rankings in XLS format (Excel format).
Once the file is open, we’re going to need to strip out the very top row, because Tableau uses the top row to grab names for all the variables. In theory, the new version of Tableau (when they get around to releasing it) will be smarter about such things, but for now, we have to do a little housekeeping to make this all work.
Open Tableau, and click on “Open Data.” Then click on Microsoft Excel from the list on the left. Go find your file, and open it. We want “Ranked measure data.” Double-click on it, or just drag it over to where Tableau says, “Drag sheets here.”
Once that’s done, you’re ready for training — and, in theory, I’ll shortly have you up-and-running with a cool map you can play with :)