Tips & Tricks
Tips & Tricks
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Explain the DifficultData Stories is here to allow you to easily create stunning data stories and to explain difficult data phenomena, making data more accessible for everyone. With Data Stories you can present complex facts, combine a multitude of data sources, and wow stakeholders – all with live data! Creating a New AccountStart by registering your account at datastories.ataccama.com. You will get a confirmation email to validate your email address. If you can't find the confirmation email, please check your spam mailbox. Getting StartedYour account will contain several sample datasets as well as a couple of data stories and dashboards out of the box. Feel free to explore and edit these to get acquainted with Data Stories, or head over to the Data Stories User Guide as the first step to being able to create your own.
Data Stories provides a wide range of charts, it includes also Pie and Donut ones, even though I do not recommend using them, and the same applies to a Gauge chart. Let's look at the reasoning why and why I'd recommend using a (stacked) bar chart instead.Space usageIn data visualization (reporting, data storytelling) you have limited space you can use. Your task is to fill the limited space with the most value for the end viewer/user. Note, most value does not necessarily mean most charts, sometimes one curated chart is far better than five. The problem with Pie, Donut and Gauge charts is that they use more space in comparison to an alternative that provides the same value - a bar chart. Sales distribution on a Pie ChartMore space is used due to 2 reasons:Pie and Donut charts use Area to give value to a single category. Bar chars use just distance. An Area just takes more space All these charts are circular, which creates unnecessary space around the chart objectBellow find a better al
Every date & time column supports extraction and bucketing transformation.Bucketing adjusts or "rounds" the date to the chosen granularity (hour, day, week, month, quarter, year). Let's look at a few examples, consider entry `2021/01/10 10:00:00`, choosinghour yields `2021/01/10 10:00:00` (no change) day yields `2021/01/10` (hours, minutes and seconds get truncated) week yields `2021/01/04` (Monday of the same week) quarter yields `2021/01/01` (beginning of Q1 2021) year yields `2021/01/01` (first day of the year)Extracting selects a desired part of the date and discards the rest. Again, using `2021/01/10 10:00:00` we can see how the common options transform the date to a single number:hour yields `10` (0-24) day of the week yields `7` (= Sunday, range from 1-7) day of the month yields `10` (1-31) day of the year yields `10` (1-365) week yields `1` (1-53) quarter yields `1` (1-4) year yields `2021`it's also useful to define custom aliases for these values as needed. For example map
Section sizes on desktop (width x height):Short: 1200 x 150 pixels Medium: 1200 x 300 pixels Tall: 1200 x 600 pixelsIt's not possible to upload an image directly, but we recommend using image hosting services such as imgur / imgbox or simply linking the image from the source.
In some cases you might need to insert slide from PowerPoint or Google Slides to your story. This is quite easy to use service such as https://imgur.com where you can easily paste screenshot of your presentation slide or application, and get URL such as https://i.imgur.com/6zqTWb1.jpegThen place the "Hero Image" widget in a new section within your story, paste the URL and you’re all set!
To bring up the emoji and symbols picker press:Command + Control + Space [macOS] Windows (key) + . (dot) [Windows]then click on the desired emoji and it will appear in the text field.Note that the inserted emojis might look differently from the picker as we use Twemoji to achieve a consistent look across all operating systems.
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