Pareto Analysis

Pareto Analysis is a nice technique for exploring the distribution of a measure across its contributors.  Regardless of whether the measure is positive (ex. sales amount) or negative (ex. production defects) the goal is the same. In many cases, the bulk (~80%) of a measured quantity (ex. sales amount) is contributed by a minority (~20%) of the …

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Robert Frost and Pie Charts

Earlier this year, Microsoft released an incredible self-service reporting and presentation tool called Power View (with SQL Server 2012).  It’s highly interactive, has excellent visualizations, and I could go on and on about the value it adds to businesses currently leveraging the Microsoft BI stack.  Instead, I’d like to point out the huge statement Microsoft  made …

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