Creating trend lines is a really very easy with Tableau
software. You can readily incorporate then into your dashboards and filter the data
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turning points or change points in your data to help you establish the
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Here are more examples of trending in Tableau:
Trend Lines Software Example with Correlations
Here is an example of trend software depicting
hurricane trends developed in Tableau software.
It uses moving averages (very easily created
Tableau) to smooth the variation between years and superimposes a trend line.
The two graphs shown below can be displayed
on a dashboard, one above the other, such that you can see the correlation between hurricane
power and sea temperature. Footnotes with explanations are easily added in Tableau as well as
Sparkline Trend lines
Here is another example of trend analysis using
tableau and the concept of a sparkline.
The left-hand side shows the sparklines for
various fruit sales. As the line moves above the
target it turns green and below turns red. The right -hand plot shows the cumulative position
for this year. As you can see bananas are in trouble!
As you can see bananas are in trouble as sales
are dropping. As it goes below target the sparkline turns red.
The beauty of sparklines is that they occupy a
very small space but yet give maximum information...just what is needed for a dashboard where
space is usually limited.
Trend Analysis Example with Events
Finally here is another example which could be a
component in a dashboard. Creating the recession periods is very easy indeed.
To create the shaded recession lines you add
reference lines to the graph which is extremely easy. This facility is very useful as you can
tie up events e.g. recessions, product launches, with the numerical trends.
This allows you examine and correlate the effect
of events which often have a lag effect e.g. have an impact long after the event as it takes
time for the effect to work through to your business.
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