Wow! Simply blown away by the capabilities of Tableau. But not quite convinced it is the tool i am looking for.
Before i take the plunge and expend lots of time doing a deeper dive into Tableau i hope someone might be so kind as to review my objective below and confirm that Tableau has the capabilities i seek. Please understand, i am not seeking help to get started with this project, I realize that would be a big ask. I am asking if it appears that the feature list below is something that Tableau has the capability to support, which is a big enough request.
I am specifically looking for a mapping tool and went thru the getting started and most of the mapping training videos.
The "Expanding Tableau's Mapping Capabilities" headed in the direction I am looking for (Bank of China branches w manager and employee details) . I am seeking a mapping tool that will allow me to build a map of US Restaurants that have been favorably reviewed on TV, locations from shows like Diners Drive-ins and Dives or Man V Food. I have been able to build a single axis map in Google My Maps but would like to be able to have additional axes available to filter by.
A picture is worth 1K words so if interested you can see a small sample here:
This map has an icon on the map for each mapped location. The icon is a custom image and varies according to a single column in the data table(show that featured the location). It is possible to have layers with a unique shows locations in each layer and filter the layers to only display locations from the show(s) you are interested in. I would like to build the same capability in Tableau with the added ability to have multiple axes / columns on which to filter, such as only places that serve hamburgers, or pizza or only places i have not yet visited, or places with Monday hours or any combination of the above.
It appears to me that Tableau has the capability to do most of this. The questions that are not easily identifiable from the training videos i reviewed are:
A. Confirmation that specific locations can be readily mapped with details about that location available by clicking on the point.
B. Is there any limit on the number of individual locations that can be mapped on a single map, for example Google Maps only allows 5 layers with a limit of 2,000 points per layer for a total of 10,000 locations.
C. Can the scatter plot points be different according to different characteristics of the data? So a different icon would appear at locations where a specified field contains "Show A", while a different icon would appear if that field contains "Show B" (as in the example link).
D. Can those different icons be custom image files or only limited to the existing Tableau icon choices (circle, X, etc.)
E. If item C is possible, is it also possible to have the icon vary according to a calculation of multiple fields rather than just the entry in one field.
F. Is there any limit to the number of fields / data elements that can be attached to and or displayed for each location? (eg. Google has a limit of 50 data elements per map point)
Greatly appreciate any input on the above. Looking forward in anticipation to being able to use this marvelous tool to implement my project.