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How to Use R for Connecting Neo4j and Tableau (A Recommendation Use Case)

March 6, 2015
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How to Use R for Connecting Neo4j and Tableau (A Recommendation Use Case)

Introduction Year is just a little bit more than two months old and we got the good news from Tableau - beta testing for version 9.0 started. But it looks like that one of my most favored features didn’t manage...

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Change Point Detection in Time Series with R and Tableau

January 1, 2015
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Change Point Detection in Time Series with R and Tableau

Introduction Happy new year to all of you. Even if you still fight with the aftereffects of your new year’s party, the following is something that may help in getting you...

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Deep Down Below – Using in-database analytics from within Tableau (with MADlib)

September 28, 2014
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Deep Down Below – Using in-database analytics from within Tableau (with MADlib)

Introduction Using Tableau for visualizing all kinds of data is quite a joy, but it’s not that strong on build-in analytics or predictive features. Tableaus integration of R was a huge step in the right direction (and I love it very much - see here, here and here) but still has some limitations (e.g. no RAWSQL...

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Coloring the world – Extracting user specific color palettes from Tableau Workbooks

June 22, 2014
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Coloring the world – Extracting user specific color palettes from Tableau Workbooks

If you read some of my last blog post you may notice that R got a new companion called Tableau. Tableau is an easy to use and mighty BI toolbox for visualizing all kinds of data and I suggest everybody to give it a trial. One of the things that I like very much is that it gives...

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Automatically Exporting Multiple Cross Tables from Tableau Server into Excel

May 10, 2014
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Automatically Exporting Multiple Cross Tables from Tableau Server into Excel

Introduction The following blog post is based on a classical reporting task most of the people working in BI got frequently: Besides all the nice dashboards you create in Tableau, from time to time people will approach you with a request for a “data extract” – reports that...

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“The Winner Takes It All” – Tuning and Validating R Recommendation Models Inside Tableau

May 4, 2014
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“The Winner Takes It All” – Tuning and Validating R Recommendation Models Inside Tableau

Introduction My last blog article shows how to build an interactive recommendation engine in Tableau using a simple model utilizing the cosine similarity measure. While this can be a good way to explore unknown data, it is wise to validate any model before...

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“Show me the way to the next whiskey bar” (The Doors – Alabama Song) – Interactive Location Recommendation using Tableau

February 2, 2014
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“Show me the way to the next whiskey bar” (The Doors – Alabama Song) – Interactive Location Recommendation using Tableau

Since I started using Tableau I’m quite fascinated about the capabilities of this piece of software. Before Christmas I was looking how I could build an interactive visualization that helps me to explore the relationships between different objects in a form that shows which objects are very close to each other according to some similarity measure or vice versa....

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Dream Team – combining Tableau and R

November 3, 2013
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Dream Team – combining Tableau and R

Last quarter was a bit too busy to write some new blog post because of a new job. And changing the job often come along with changing the tools you work with. That was my way to Tableau. Tableau is one of the new stars in the BI/Analytics world and definitely worth a look. The people at Tableau...

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Time Is on My Side – A Small Example for Text Analytics on a Stream

June 23, 2013
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Time Is on My Side – A Small Example for Text Analytics on a Stream

Introduction and Background While my last posting was about recommendation in the context of Location Based Social Networks there are also other interesting topics regarding the analysis of unstructured data. The most established one is probably Text Analytics/Mining focusing on all sorts of text data.For me, coming from spatial analysis, these topic is relatively new but I couldn’t help noticing...

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Venue Recommendation – A Simple Use Case Connecting R and Neo4j

April 7, 2013
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Venue Recommendation – A Simple Use Case Connecting R and Neo4j

Last month I attended the CeBIT trade fair in Hannover. Besides the so called “shareconomy” there was also another main topic across all expedition halls - Big Data. This subject is not completely new and I think that a lot of you also have experiences with some of the tools associated with Big Data. But due to the great...

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