4 Replies Latest reply on Dec 31, 2017 4:35 AM by Wade Miller

# Annotations - formatted equations / formulas

Is it possible to enter math equations into annotations and have that equation show as the annotation, not the solution? For example, I want to show an equation like "Short-term / Long-term" but I want it to look professional. I want it to look like a math equation. To take this a step further, can I enter other symbols like square root, squared, integral, derivative, etc.? How am I supposed to explain to the reader how I created a line on a line-chart?

• ###### 1. Re: Annotations - formatted equations / formulas

I don't think it is possible to use symbols like square root, squared, integral, derivative, etc in the annotations,

To describe the worksheet you can use Caption option,Refer to the article Captions

or you can use this

-AV.

• ###### 2. Re: Annotations - formatted equations / formulas

Bummer. Tableau has some weird limitations.

Thanks for the reply Alvinio.

• ###### 3. Re: Annotations - formatted equations / formulas

You could sheet-swap in a pictorial representation of your equation using the sheet-swap technique.

I question why you need to display this though, its kind of like watching thunderbirds on TV and focussing on the wires. Your readers should be looking at what the lines mean, not how they got there.

HTH

Peter

• ###### 4. Re: Annotations - formatted equations / formulas

Thank you for that idea Peter.

To your second point, I need to define the line on my graph somehow. Currently I don't have any description so viewers have no idea what that line is. I made my line up, which means it is not some ratio with an existing name like "P/E" or "PEG" that is easy to type into an annotation. I need to tell viewers what that line is. Perhaps a better question is, what is the Tableau way of defining a line in a line graph? I figured using symbols would be more concise than spelling out the equation in words, which is why I asked in the first place.