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Extending Power BI with Python and R

By : Luca Zavarella
Book Image

Extending Power BI with Python and R

By: Luca Zavarella

Overview of this book

Python and R allow you to extend Power BI capabilities to simplify ingestion and transformation activities, enhance dashboards, and highlight insights. With this book, you'll be able to make your artifacts far more interesting and rich in insights using analytical languages. You'll start by learning how to configure your Power BI environment to use your Python and R scripts. The book then explores data ingestion and data transformation extensions, and advances to focus on data augmentation and data visualization. You'll understand how to import data from external sources and transform them using complex algorithms. The book helps you implement personal data de-identification methods such as pseudonymization, anonymization, and masking in Power BI. You'll be able to call external APIs to enrich your data much more quickly using Python programming and R programming. Later, you'll learn advanced Python and R techniques to perform in-depth analysis and extract valuable information using statistics and machine learning. You'll also understand the main statistical features of datasets by plotting multiple visual graphs in the process of creating a machine learning model. By the end of this book, you’ll be able to enrich your Power BI data models and visualizations using complex algorithms in Python and R.
Table of Contents (22 chapters)
Section 1: Best Practices for Using R and Python in Power BI
Section 2: Data Ingestion and Transformation with R and Python in Power BI
Section 3: Data Enrichment with R and Python in Power BI
Section 3: Data Visualization with R in Power BI

EDA in Power BI

In this section, we will make extensive use of the ggplot2 package, an advanced R library designed for creating plots based on The Grammar of Graphics. It is not our intention to go into detail about every feature exposed by the package, even if it is used quite widely in the code that accompanies the chapter. Our goal is, as always, to provide code that is easy to customize for use in other projects, and above all, to provide a starting point for a more detailed look at the functions used. For more details, take a look at the references of this chapter.

In addition to the tools that Tidyverse provides in R (including ggplot2), we will also use the summarytools and DataExplorer packages to create EDA reports in Power BI. It is therefore necessary to install them:

  1. Open RStudio and make sure it is referencing your latest CRAN R (version 4.0.2 in our case).
  2. Click on the Console window and enter this command: install.packages('Rcpp'). It's...