Tableau Workshop II: Tableau hands-on and how to call R from Tableau

Vivian Zhang
Posted on Dec 10, 2013

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Thanks to the Flatiron school for sponsoring us space. Flatiron school offers 12 weeks intensive program of Ruby on Rails and IOS. Special Thanks go to Adam Enbar, Rebekah Rombom and Kelly Allen for your effort!

Thanks to Daniel Hom from Tableau for the fantastic presentation! Thanks to Tableau for sponsoring us a few free trial licenses for desktop version

Thanks to Olivier, Emily, Mike M, Sungjoon, Sam, Blake, Rajesh, John T, Amy, Mike S, Nitin, Craig, Cynthia, Roman, Alan, and Will for coming to this Event.


NYC Data Science Academy is offering a relative courses:

RSVP Data Visualization with Tableau, Beginner Level



page 60 titantic plot is at


Meetup Announcement:

Daniel Hom and Vivian Zhang introduced two leading tools for analyzing and visualizing your data: R, and Tableau. And with Tableau’s upcoming integration with R, the two have never made a more powerful combination. They showed how with the two together, you could easily explore your data, present dashboards of your models and allow viewers to interact with your scripts.


Daniel Hom is a former Tableau data analyst and now is a specialist on the product marketing team. Dan regularly presents about Tableau and different ways to analyze different kinds of data (including social media, sales, marketing and product analytics).

Vivian Zhang is CTO of SupStat Inc. which is a data mining consulting firm which is based in New York, Shanghai and Beijing. She teaches R workshops very often.


1. Introduction to Tableau: a new way to visualize your data

2. Tableau Hands-On: the how to basics of connecting to and visualizing data, to building dashboards and interactive applications.

3. Introduction to R

4. Tableau and R integration: how to bring the two tools together (hands-on)

5. Q&A


- download the Tableau Desktop trial from the Tableau Software website.

- download R and R Studio.

- install the Rserve package, or download the standalone Rserve executable.


Other Useful Info Link:

Here’s the link to the recording via the WebEx service site. Click the link below to play it:

Daniel suggest to read Bora’s blog post:

You may download a sample worksheet example from here and play with it­

Tableau site offers a few samples, such as k-means sample worksheet:­ and politics worksheet.­ read the blog from­ and simple linear regression sample

The titanic plot example is from Vivian's R class.

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Vivian Zhang

Vivian Zhang

Vivian Zhang is the founder of the NYC Data Science Academy and the NYC Open Data meetup. She earned her M.S. in Computer Science and Statistics and B.S. in Computer Science. She is ranked as one of the...
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