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7 Ways To Use Groups Effectively

Do you need to segment your data into categories? Or aggregate your data at a higher level? Does knowing which category a metric belongs to determine whether you interpret its value as good or bad? Use groups to add additional dimensions to your analysis. Groups allow...

5 Ways to Use Color Effectively

Are you using color to improve your data analysis? Color is a powerful tool in visualizing and analyzing data in heat maps. Use color poorly or not at all and you may miss a key insight. Use color effectively, and your data can turn from a meaningless sea of chaos...

Warning: Avoid These Pitfalls When Calculating Deltas

A delta calculates the difference between two values. Deltas help us compare data, such as how revenue last year compares to this year, or how projected costs compare to actual costs. While calculating a delta appears easy, there are pitfalls you need to avoid and...

How To Use the Map Explorer Feature

The Map Explorer feature of Heat Map Explorer helps you find unanticipated insights in your data by letting you rapidly explore different heat maps. Introduced in Heat Map Explorer 2.0, the Map Explorer automatically rotates through the possible heat maps of your...

Highlight only items over a threshold

Thresholds, a value above or below which data items are considered abnormal or out-of-range, are often used to identify items of interest in a data set. While you can apply a filter to see only those elements above a threshold, often it is useful to see which elements...