Dimensions & Measures – Simplest explanation you have ever heard

It has been a while since I have posted on Table Calculations. After finishing the Paradoxical Problem 2 video, I knew that I had a lot of work to do on Paradoxical Problem 3 – Though I have presented the Paradoxical Problem 3 number of times, I felt that I still need to simplify the presentation more so that everyone can relate to my explanation easily. It is a challenge as the Paradoxical Problem 3 deals with a problem that is complex in itself. So, I decided to create a few videos on the ‘Basics of Data Analysis’ that would set up the stage for me to explain the Paradoxical Problem 3 effectively.

Thanks for all of you who have reached out to me asking when I would post the Paradoxical Problem. I was quite surprised to see a number of people who are not Tableau users are watching these videos. And I was also surprised to see that some very senior people in my network (Director and CXO-level resources) have watched the videos. This confirms my feeling that the problems I described are not limited to Tableau.

So, here is the first video in the ‘Basics of Data Analysis’ areas. Here my aim is to explain Dimensions and Measures in a simple way. I have heard a lot of different explanations of these 2 terms that are filled with jargons. I wanted to create an explanation that a normal business user can easily understand and I hope I have succeeded.

Here is the gist of the video:

Measures are nothing but Numbers

Dimensions are nothing but Text (+ Date)


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