Creating Slopegraphs in Power BI

Did you know that it’s easy to transform Power BI’s Line Chart into a Slopegraph? No DAX or fancy workarounds are required. Slopegraphs are a great way to judge the rate and magnitude of change by looking at the steepness of a line’s slope. With a slopegraph, it is also easier to discern how different elements…

Is Power BI “Free” the same as a Personal version?

In a recent blog post, Matt Allington offered some good commentary on the new Power BI license changes. There’s a lot of content to go through in his post, so check it out. One thing in particular struck me though in that he equated Free with Personal (UPDATE: this is terminology Microsoft uses that Matt used as well).…

Building Horizon Graphs in Power BI

Horizon graphs are an intriguing but initially confusing way of looking at time series. Once you get familiar with the layout, you can simply think of it as a more space-efficient way of rendering a common line or area chart. Where there is a broad range in the data from low values to high values, horizon graphs condense…

A Glimpse into Michigan’s Children in Poverty

I created this report after seeing a list of local youth service organizations published by the Detroit Free Press. It features simple visualizations based on US Census data from 2015. One unique feature is a Shape Map county “highlight” effect achieved by layering maps. Also uses a custom Shape Map showing the concentration of poverty in Detroit and…