Definition

Often in Tableau, Marks stack in a way that doesn’t allow the data to “breathe”. Jittering allows users to spread data in a way that gives visibility of more data, without compromising sight of the referential positioning on the axis. In short – it spreads out your dots.

Videos

As far as I can tell, no video content is currently available where jittering is explicitly the main topic. I stand corrected if people can provide links for inclusion!

Blog posts

First post is from Data Revelations and brilliantly demonstrates the impact of jittering on a tight, vertical scatterplot:

http://www.datarevelations.com/ive-got-the-jitters-and-i-like-it.html

Data Revelations also posted this article:

http://www.datarevelations.com/boxes-whiskers-and-jitters.html

Jeffrey Shaffer provides this richly detailed post:

https://www.dataplusscience.com/TableauJitter.html

And Mark Jackson reveals the power of the RANDOM() function:

http://ugamarkj.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/improving-jitter-plots-with-hidden.html

Ryan Sleeper gives his typically well presented view on the subject:

http://www.evolytics.com/blog/tableau-201-make-customizable-jitter-plots/

Example workbooks

Jeremy Poole is another regular #MakeoverMonday contributor with an eye for design, and clear technical Tableau expertise. His jittered Viz is here:

https://public.tableau.com/profile/jeremy.poole#!/vizhome/HistoryofFamousPeopleMakeoverMonday/FamousPeople

Andy Cotgreave‘s #MakeoverMonday submission that same week make equally appropriate use of Tableau jitter:

https://public.tableau.com/profile/acotgreave.tableausoftware.com#!/vizhome/Priestley/ChartofBiography

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