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Tableau is a suite of software tools for data analysis and visualization. Tableau Desktop is the most commonly used Tableau product in the academic environment, but there are a variety of other cloud-based and collaborative platforms for Tableau that are mostly used in industry settings.
Tableau offers many of the same features of spreadsheet tools such as Microsoft Excel, but can produce a much greater variety of visualizations and can handle much more complex data modeling. The visualizations include a variety of graphs and plots, heatmaps, GIS-enabled visualizations, and interactive tools that can be integrated into a website.
For information on how to get access to Tableau at the Claremont Colleges, visit the How to Get Tableau section.
This guide is intended to provide a basic introduction to getting started with Tableau and includes links to several online resources for more advanced techniques.
How to Get Tableau
Students: go to https://www.tableau.com/academic/students to request a free student license. Typically, Tableau will provide students an immediate free 14-day trial version. You will need to apply to get a one-year free student license and that process may take a few days. Each year students enrolled full-time can request a new one-year key.