Creating a Tableau Report level View Filter (1 report varying view depending on tableau user logged in)

Creating a Report level View Filter in Tableau (1 report varying view depending on tableau user logged in)

use case:

You want a report to show an employee’s daily sales and for the employee to only see his data and manager to see all his employees’ data.

1. create mapping table with user_manager along with the daily sales data

table 1: user_manager

user_name, manager_name,
mike_s, boss_a
mike_s, mike_s

table 2: user_sales

date, sales_amt, user_name

2018/03/04, $20, mike_s
2018/03/03, $20, mike_s

join two objects together in tableau or before it.

select a.user_name, a.manager_name,, b._sales_amt from user_manager a join user_sales b on a.user_name= b.user_name

now we have:   user_name, manager_name, date, sales_amt

2. create tableau to import the entire object of two tables.

3. create calculated field called permission similar. *most important*
with formula username() = manager_name

4. add and apply permissions filter to tableau workbook

source of this example:

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Deep Learning versus Machine Learning in One Picture


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Sometimes a simple regression model will do.

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mysql tricks: do instant table swap to mitigate mysql deadlock error.

A deadlock in MySQL happens when two or more transactions mutually hold and request for locks, creating a cycle of dependencies. … InnoDB automatically detects transaction deadlocks, rollbacks a transaction immediately and returns an error. It uses a metric to pick the easiest transaction to rollback. MyISAM engine locks the entire table from read/write requests.

For example you have a near realtime table that you need to update via etl every 10 min , and that same table is used by your clients to read the current status of say batch processes status.

Avoid the mysql deadlock error by re-loading table in near-realtime. First to check if your tables are locked run as root or db admin :

show processlist ;

How do you write to a table while someone’s reading it without deadlock? Simple: load a staging table of the same table structure and do a rename swap in mysql.

Here’s the steps in list format

  1. create a table with the same structure of the original one.
  2. have etl load that table instead.
  3. do some data validity checks.
  4. do rename table swap code:  a->c, b->a, c->b  (a = prod, b = stage, c=temp)

example mysql code:

  1. create table current_status_stage like  current_status_stage;

  2. — load table from source system via mysql command line or otherwise. ex csv

  3. LOAD DATA INFILE "/tmp/current_status.csv"
    INTO TABLE current_status_stage
    ESCAPED BY '"'
  4. RENAME TABLE reporting.current_status TO reporting.current_status_old, reporting.current_status_stage To reporting.current_status;RENAME TABLE reporting.current_status_old TO reporting.current_status_stage

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Improve Amazon Redshift table performance fast & easy.

Assuming Redshift tables are un-compressed because most people don’t do it.

  1. list all the big tables by size, here’s a script
  2. run analyze compression
    analyze compression public.report_table_name;

    Example results:

    table column encoding est_reduction_pct
    report_table_name rowid raw 0
    report_table_name create_date zstd 9.49
    report_table_name create_day delta 38.72
    report_table_name create_date_key zstd 28.98
    report_table_name type zstd 67.59
    report_table_name type_desc zstd 58.25
    report_table_name created_by zstd 35.17
  3. recreate table with new compression encoding and see performance gains.

DROP TABLE IF EXISTS public.report_table_name cascade;

CREATE TABLE public.report_table_name
( rowid INT IDENTITY(1,1),
create_date timestamp encode zstd,
create_day date encode zstd,
type integer encode zstd,
type_desc varchar(28) encode zstd,
created_by varchar(30) encode zstd,
data_refresh_date date encode raw
) ;

Amazon manual regarding compression command:

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Slide Share’s full of useful knowledge

Best practices for PySpark programming

History of SQL and all the advanced features over the last 30 years among big vendors.

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What I think of every time I hear Stakeholders


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Re-Blog: 10 Risks that Beset Data Programmes

Credits to: Peter James Thomas:

  1. Not establishing a dedicated team. The team never escapes from “the day job” or legacy / BAU issues; the past prevents the future from being built.
  2. Staff lack skills and prior experience of data programmes. Sub-optimal functionality, slippages, later performance problems, higher ongoing support costs. Time is also wasted educating people rather than getting on with work.
  3. Not establishing an appropriate management / governance structure. The programme is not aligned with business needs, is not able to get necessary time with business users and cannot negotiate the inevitable obstacles that block its way.
  4. Poor programme management. The programme loses direction. Time is expended on non-core issues. Milestones are missed. Expenditure escalates beyond budget.
  5. Big Bang approach. Too much time goes by without any value being created. The eventual Big Bang is instead a damp squib. Large sums of money are spent without any benefits.
  6. Lack of focus on interim deliverables. Business units become frustrated and seek alternative ways to meet their pressing needs. This leads to greater fragmentation and reputational damage to the programme.
  7. Insufficient time spent understanding source system data and how data is transformed as it flows between systems. This leads to data capabilities that do not reflect business transactions with fidelity. There is inconsistency with reports directly drawn from source systems. Reconciliation issues arise.
  8. Not enough up-front focus on understanding key business decisions and the information necessary to take them. Analytic capabilities do not focus on what people want or need, leading to poor adoption and benefits not being achieved.
  9. Lack of leverage of new data capabilities in front-end / digital systems. These systems are less effective. The data team is jealous about its own approved capabilities being the only way that users should get information, rather than adopting a more pragmatic and value-added approach.
  10. Education is an afterthought, training is technology- rather than business-focused. People neither understand the capabilities of new analytical tools, nor how to use them to derive business value. Again this leads to poor adoption and little return on investment.


Most companies don’t realize the effort involved in Business Intelligence. Often they just throw semi-technical business analysts at a problem instead of committing dedicated technical resources to Data Management and Analytics Reporting.

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