R Visuals or Custom Visuals in Microsoft Power BI?

Over the past few years, there has been a movement in R to create packages that bind to JavaScript libraries to make R more interactive. Notably, htmlwidgets and rCharts are two examples that come to mind. In an IDE like R Studio or a framework such as Shiny, the enhanced visualization appears and functions like it would if…

R Maps in Microsoft Power BI: Small Multiples

After an initial introduction to R maps in Power BI, let’s explore another topic: small multiples. This technique is used to make comparisons by showing variations of the same map plotted together in a grid. It is not limited to maps though. Nearly every type of plot could work well when viewed as a small multiple.   Small multiples…

Microsoft Power BI Enhanced Scatter Shape Reference

One of the custom visuals that I regularly use in Power BI is the Enhanced Scatter. While there are many unique properties that offer enhancements over the regular scatter chart, Shape is one of the less intuitive ones. By dragging either a measure or column into Shape in the field well, you can alter the shape that appears. What is less straightforward is how this works.…

R Maps in Microsoft Power BI: Getting Started

Are you using maps in Power BI but desire more control over the final visual? The following tutorial introduces the potential for using R to move beyond the default maps in Power BI. Starting with basics, we will step through a series of simple maps that plot airfield locations in the Great Lakes region of the United States. Although there are many mapping…

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R Visuals in Power BI: Beyond Plots

One of the advantages of having R in Power BI is that it opens up opportunities to move beyond the default charts without having to build a TypeScript/JavaScript custom visual. The R output is not as interactive as D3 can be, but it is quick to develop, the script is more transparent to users, and it…