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Learning Alteryx

By : Renato Baruti
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Learning Alteryx

By: Renato Baruti

Overview of this book

Alteryx, as a leading data blending and advanced data analytics platform, has taken self-service data analytics to the next level. Companies worldwide often find themselves struggling to prepare and blend massive datasets that are time-consuming for analysts. Alteryx solves these problems with a repeatable workflow designed to quickly clean, prepare, blend, and join your data in a seamless manner. This book will set you on a self-service data analytics journey that will help you create efficient workflows using Alteryx, without any coding involved. It will empower you and your organization to take well-informed decisions with the help of deeper business insights from the data.Starting with the fundamentals of using Alteryx such as data preparation and blending, you will delve into the more advanced concepts such as performing predictive analytics. You will also learn how to use Alteryx’s features to share the insights gained with the relevant decision makers. To ensure consistency, we will be using data from the Healthcare domain throughout this book. The knowledge you gain from this book will guide you to solve real-life problems related to Business Intelligence confidently. Whether you are a novice with Alteryx or an experienced data analyst keen to explore Alteryx’s self-service analytics features, this book will be the perfect companion for you.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Title Page
About the Author
About the Reviewer
Customer Feedback

Running total

A running total is a great way of obtaining a cumulative sum per record. The Running Total tool can be used to create a running total, and like the Summarize tool, there are Group By options available to include if you want to group the data by the available fields. Running Totals are useful for getting a total for a group; in this case, a running total of DataValueAlt by YearEnd and Topic. The cumulative sum will be continuing to aggregate until a new YearEnd and Topic appears in the data set. Once this occurs, the running total will start the cumulative sum again. Let's look at how to apply running totals using the same workflow from the previous section.

Running Total Example #1: Find the running total for DataValueAlt by YearEnd and Topic.

Step 1: Select the Running Total tool from the Transform tool palette and drag it onto the canvas. Connect the Auto Field tool to the Running Total tool.

Step 2: Select the following fields under the Group By (Optional) selections: YearEnd...