Headache while trying to filter on a map in Tableau :/

This week’s MakeoverMonday delivered a data set on the accessibility of buildings in Singapore. For each building there is an index for the accessibility level and of course information on where this building is situated alongside with some information on that area (“subzone”). So I figured, why not plot each area on a map and then by clicking that area youl’d get a list of all the buildings in that area and their accessibility indeces? Seems straigth forward enough.

So I plotted the map, and let Tableau color the areas according to the average accessibility:



The darker the colour, the better the accessibility. Now I’d like the user to be able to click an area, for instance Alexandra Hill, and get the information about the buildings in this particular area. Like this:


But alas, this table is NOT shown when you click on the map, this action only shows one line per area, for some (for me) still unknown reason:


The entire list of buildings is shown only when you chose the area from a list on the side of the dashboard, but not when you click on the map. You can try it out on Tableau Public yourself.

I’ve tried different ways of filtering and different actions on the filters, but nada. I will, however, fix this! I want to understand why Tableau acts this way.Ā  I just need to dig into it some more. So instead of serving you a nice #mmonday blog post, I shared some headache, but hey – this is not that uncommon when working with data after all šŸ˜‰ Hang in there for the sequel!



Makeover Monday – Prices of curries

This week’s Makeover Monday was about visualising a data set gathered by Financial Times. The data covers the pricing of curries at the Wetherspoon pubs in the UK and Ireland. The original story is covering several different aspects of the pricing – my simple makeover is by no means any attempt to do it better. Rather it is an excercise for myself in using Tableau dashboards.

My makeover is posted at Tableu Public. It shows a map of the pubs and when you click on a pub a stacked bar showing the pricing for that bar appears on the right.


A simple viz, but a nice excercise in combining maps and charts into an interactive dashboard.