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Advanced Analytics with R and Tableau

By : Ruben Oliva Ramos, Jen Stirrup, Roberto Rösler
Book Image

Advanced Analytics with R and Tableau

By: Ruben Oliva Ramos, Jen Stirrup, Roberto Rösler

Overview of this book

Tableau and R offer accessible analytics by allowing a combination of easy-to-use data visualization along with industry-standard, robust statistical computation. Moving from data visualization into deeper, more advanced analytics? This book will intensify data skills for data viz-savvy users who want to move into analytics and data science in order to enhance their businesses by harnessing the analytical power of R and the stunning visualization capabilities of Tableau. Readers will come across a wide range of machine learning algorithms and learn how descriptive, prescriptive, predictive, and visually appealing analytical solutions can be designed with R and Tableau. In order to maximize learning, hands-on examples will ease the transition from being a data-savvy user to a data analyst using sound statistical tools to perform advanced analytics. By the end of this book, you will get to grips with advanced calculations in R and Tableau for analytics and prediction with the help of use cases and hands-on examples.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Advanced Analytics with R and Tableau
About the Authors
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Data frames

The data frame is the main data structure in R. It's possible to envisage the data frame as a table of data, with rows and columns. Unlike the list structure, the data frame can contain different types of data. In R, we use the data.frame() command in order to create a data frame.

The data frame is extremely flexible for working with structured data, and it can ingest data from many different data types. Two main ways to ingest data into data frames involves the use of many data connectors, which connect to data sources such as databases, for example. There is also a command, read.table(), which takes in data.

Data Frame Structure

Here is an example, populated data frame. There are three columns, and two rows. The top of the data frame is the header. Each row holds a line of data row, starting with the row name, and then followed by the data itself. Each data member of a row is called a cell.

Example Data Frame Structure

In R, we can create data frames by accessing external data,...