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Configure the extension

As with all Tableau extensions, the configuration menu is available in the top right corner of the extension pane.

The configuration menu has two sections: the data source and visualization options, and the styling options.

Set data source bindings

The Select Your Data Source menu allows you to specify the source worksheet and the initial data.

In the Pick Your Source Worksheet dropdown menu, choose the Sheet you want the Geographic Analytics Extension to listen to. Note that interaction is only one-way, so the extension will only respond to clicks and selections from a single dashboard object. Interactions with the Geographic Analytics Extension will not affect the selected sheet or the dashboard.

In the Pick Your Initial Data dropdown menu, choose the data you want to visualize. The selected column must be numeric to be valid.

Set map appearance options

The Configure Map Appearance menu allows you to specify which map style you want to overlay your data onto, and how you want that data do be visualized.

Choose a map style

Choose a map style in the Pick Your Map Style dropdown menu. The options are:

  • light: Mapbox Light
  • dark: Mapbox Dark
  • satellite_streets: Mapbox Satellite Streets
  • satellite: Mapbox Satellite
  • streets: Mapbox Streets
  • basic: Mapbox Basic

The Geographic Analytics Extension does not support custom Mapbox styles yet.

Specify a visualization type

Use the Pick your Visualization Type dropdown menu to choose how your data will be rendered. Each visualization type is described in detail in the Data flow and processing section of this documentation.

Each option has some sub-options that affect the visualization process. These include:

Sub-optionParent optionDescription
Tile BordersAll optionsTurn the borders of all markers on or off.
Circle RangeClusterSet the minimum and maximum size of clusters.
Grid SizeSquare, Hex, Data ElevationSpecify how large of a grid to bin the selected data into.

Set the marker styling options

You can control how the markers in the visualization are styled using the options in the Configure Marker Appearance menu:

  • Pick your Color Range: The Min Color and Max Color represent the beginning and end of your color ranges. Values will then be interpolated between both ends, bucketed into as many groups as you select with the next option.
  • Pick your Classification Method: The classification method and class count is the number and method for binning your data range:
    • Equidistant: N buckets that are equally separated.
    • Quantile: N buckets broken by appropriate percentages (100/N).
    • Logarithmic: N buckets broken down to the appropriate log scale.
    • Natural: N buckets broken down to minimize the average deviation from the bucket's mean. Also known as Jenks breaking.
  • Select your Metric: Except for Voronoi, all the Geographic Analytics Extension's visualization techniques work on the basis of aggregating points together. To represent the data under each cell/band/cluster, math is applied to those points, which are then styled. All these aggregations are performed, and you are selecting which one to visualize. You have the following aggregation options:
    • Sum
    • Min
    • Max
    • Mean
    • Median
    • Count
  • Extrusion Height The extension allows you to extrude the grids, Voronoi, and data elevations into 3D. The extrusion serves as a "bar chart on a map", permitting your audience to better visualize the differences in metrics. But, because the variance in data can be small, this control allows you to stack a minimum height to better visualize the inter-point variance.
  • Opacity: This setting lets you control the opacity of the visualizations.
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