Welcome to my first weekly digest! Hopefully everyone is having a great Mon.. I mean, Tuesday, as the US celebrated Labor Day on Monday!

Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country.


In the wake of hurricane Harvey we have seen countless stories on the devastation as well as relief efforts for the victims. The mounting cost of the effort is quickly turning Harvey into one of the costliest hurricanes to ever make landfall! To give a better idea of the costs incurred by other hurricanes Raycom News Network,  Raycom News Network | Tableau Public, created the below Tableau Public visual.  Harvey is expected to cost upwards of 190 billion dollars. In comparison to the most recent on the chart, hurricane Sandy, which had an estimated cost 70.2 billion.


Places to donate or show support for Harvey Relief efforts:


American Red Cross | Houston Chapter

Ways to Donate


Feeding Texas



Save the Children

Ways To Give - Save the Children


SPCA of Texas

Donate to the SPCA of Texas Online - SPCA of Texas




Yvan Fornes recently wrote a blog posted featured on Tableau.com (linked-below) that discusses the use of Tableau and bench-marking. Many industries use benchmarks to determine the performance of a particular campaign, product line, or competition. Tableau allows Yvan to gain insight into the performance against the benchmarks.


Two approaches to benchmarking with Tableau | Tableau Software




Big congratulations to community member Hari Ankem on earning the Help one, Help all! badge! This badge is received for having 100 answers marked helpful!




Most Talked about Thread

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Peter Haenggi wanted some more information on creating a grand totals calculation that worked for all columns in the given view. There is some excellent discussion on thread, think you might have insight, all assistance is appreciated: Grand totals working for some columns and not others - Help



Top Voted Idea

The top voted idea this week is Control what displays in View Data originally contributed by Darrin Schulte  with 863 votes for this idea and 102 comments. There has been conversation regarding this idea since 2012. Have a suggestion or additional use case to share for the idea? Follow the link and add your vote to learn more and support the idea!


That's all I've got for this week. Have a great one and until next time, happy analyzing!


As usual, feel free to send submissions, suggestions, or comments to community@tableau.com