Thursday, June 8, 2023

Symbol Maps in Tableau

 Creating symbol maps in Tableau allows you to visualize data using symbols or markers on a map, providing a spatial representation of your data points.
In this example, we will walk through the steps to create a symbol map using Tableau.

Let's assume we have a dataset containing information about customer locations for a delivery service. The dataset includes the following fields: "Customer Name" (categorical variable), "Latitude" and "Longitude" (geographical coordinates), and "Order Count" (numerical variable representing the number of orders from each customer).

Symbol Maps

Here's how you can create a symbol map in Tableau:

Step 1: Import and connect your data

Open Tableau and connect to your dataset by clicking on the "Connect to Data" button. Select the appropriate file type or database connection, and follow the prompts to import your data. Ensure that you have latitude and longitude coordinates for your customer locations.

Step 2: Drag and drop dimensions and measures

Once your data is loaded, you will see the dimensions and measures available in your dataset on the left-hand side. Drag the "Latitude" dimension to the Rows shelf, and the "Longitude" dimension to the Columns shelf. Next, drag the "Customer Name" dimension to the Label shelf, and the "Order Count" measure to the Size shelf.

Step 3: Change the chart type to a symbol map

By default, Tableau may create a different chart type based on your data. To change it to a symbol map, click on the "Show Me" button on the top right corner of the Tableau interface. From the Show Me panel, select the symbol map icon.

Step 4: Customize the symbol map

Now, you will see the symbol map visualization on the canvas. You can further customize it based on your requirements. Here are a few options:

Modify the symbol type by clicking on the "Shape" button on the Marks card. You can choose from a variety of predefined shapes or use custom shapes.

Adjust the color encoding by dragging a field to the Color shelf. For example, you can assign different colors to represent different customer segments.

Format the labels, title, and other elements using the formatting options in the top toolbar.

Step 5: Add additional fields or filters (optional)

You can enhance your symbol map by adding additional dimensions or measures. For example, you can drag the "Product Category" dimension to the Color shelf to represent different product categories using color-coded symbols. Additionally, you can apply filters to focus on specific regions or time periods.

Step 6: Save and share your visualization

Once you're satisfied with your symbol map, you can save it by clicking on the "Save" button in the toolbar. You can save it as a Tableau workbook (.twb) or publish it to Tableau Server or Tableau Public for sharing.

That's it! You have successfully created a symbol map in Tableau using the provided dataset. Tableau offers a range of customization options and functionalities to create visually compelling symbol maps based on your specific data and requirements. Feel free to explore and experiment with different settings to create meaningful and informative symbol maps for spatial analysis and visualization.

Thanks for Reading, Subscribe us for more latest Visualization From scratch. 

No comments:

Post a Comment

If you have any doubts. Please let me know

How can you create an alias for a table in a SQL query?

In SQL, you can create an alias for a table in a query to give the table a temporary, alternative name that you can use in the query. Table ...