5 Replies Latest reply on Dec 13, 2016 9:37 AM by gene shackman

    why long vs wide data

    gene shackman

      Basic question, and I've searched the web a little. Why long vs wide data? Is there a tableau page that discusses this?

       

      Attached are an excel file with the data long and wide, and a twbx file, showing a chart, which I got from the wide data. I'm assuming I can get the same chart from the long data? How to do that? In this case, I have multiple, different, groupings, all in the same column. Does that create a problem?

       

      Incidentally, for some reason Tableau added a year before and a year after on the chart. Why? "Year" is a number, and I want it to be, because I want the label "Number" on the bottom of the chart. I've been told that if "Year" is string, the label will go on the top of the chart.

       

      Thanks