Tableau Rank Calculation Basic

In this article, we will show you, How to do the Tableau Rank Calculation with an example. For this Tableau Rank calculation demo, we are going to use the Employee table to present the SQL Server.

I suggest you to refer Connecting Tableau to SQL Server article to understand the configurations.

The following screenshot will show you the data inside the Table, and as you can see, it has 14 records:

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Before we get into the example, let me show you the list of available ranking options in Tableau.

Available OptionsResult
Competition (1, 2, 2, 4)This option assigns the identical rank to Identical values and skips the next rank. For example, if we have 100, 200, 300, 300, 400 then this option will assign ranks as 1, 2, 3, 3, 5
Modified Competition (1, 3, 3, 4)Modified Competition option assigns an identical rank to duplicate values. The Highest value will rank as 1, and the next two identical values will rank as 3. The next value ranked as 4. For example, if we have 100, 200, 300, 300, 400 then this option will assign ranks as 1, 2, 4, 4, 5
Dense (1, 2, 2, 3)Dense option assigns the identical rank to Identical values but it will not skips the next rank. For example, if we have 100, 200, 300, 300, 400 then this option will assign ranks as 1, 2, 3, 3, 4
Unique (1, 2, 3, 4)This Tableau Rank option allocates unique values to every record. Though there are identical values, it assign a unique ranking. Here, the ranking factor decide by the Order we specify.

Ascending and Descending Order Option: Under the Tableau Rank Calculation Type, and we have two options:

  1. Ascending: Tableau Rank will be assigned, starting from lowest to highest. For example, if we have 100, 200, 300, 300, 400 then it will assign ranks as 1, 2, 3, 3, 5
  2. Descending: Starting from highest to lowest, the Rank will award. For example, if we have 100, 200, 300, 300, 400 then it will assign ranks as 4, 3, 2, 2, 1.

Tableau Rank Calculation Basic

In this example, we will show you the basic approach to calculate the tableau Rank. For this, we are going to Drag and Drop the Occupation, Last Name, First Name from Dimensions Region to Rows Shelf, and Yearly Income from Measures region to Text filed present in the Marks Shelf.

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To assign the Tableau Ranks, we have to add the table calculation. To do so, click Down arrow beside the Yearly Income measure (change as per requirement) opens the context menu.

From the list of available options, either you can select the Add Table Calculation option or Quick Table Calculation option. For now, we are choosing the Quick Table Calculation option, and then Rank option

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Once you select the Rank option, Tableau assigns the ranks for each record based on the Yearly Income values

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I think it will be nice to show the yearly Income values so that you can compare the Rank value with the yearly Income. Let us add the Yearly Income to Columns Shelf. As you can see, it will create a Horizontal Bar chart. Please use the Show Me window to change the bar chart to Text.

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The following screenshot will show you a better view of Tableau Rank calculation.

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Alter the Tableau Rank Calculation

To edit the existing table calculation, please click on the down arrow beside the table calculation will open the context menu. Here you have to select the Edit Table Calculation option.

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Once you click on the Edit Table Calculation option, a new window called Table Calculation will be opened. As you can see, tableau has selected the Rank Calculation Type as Competition (1, 2, 2, 4), and Compute using option as Specified Dimensions (Occupation, Last name, and First Name) by default. Here, you can uncheck the unwanted dimensions, as well.

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Let us change the Rank calculation type from Competition to Modified Competition (1, 3, 3, 4), and you can see the change in Rank

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Let us change the Rank calculation type from Modified Competition (1, 3, 3, 4) to Dense (1, 2, 2, 3), and you can see the change in Rank

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Finally, we changed the Rank calculation type from Dense (1, 2, 2, 3) to Unique (1, 2, 3, 4). And you can see the change in Rank

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Tableau Rank Calculation for Cross-Tab reports

In this example, we show you how to calculate the rank in tableau for the cross tabled reports (OR) calculate the rank for each partition. For this, we removed the First name from Rows Shelf and changed the Compute Using option to the pane (down then across). Here we don’t have any cross tabs so, it will calculate by going down.

First, we changed the Rank Calculation type to Competition (1, 2, 2, 4), and you can see the result. It is calculating the Rank for each Partition (here, it is Occupation)

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Let us change the Tableau Rank calculation type from Competition to Modified Competition (1, 3, 3, 4). From the below screenshot you can see the Modified Competition Rank partitioned by occupation

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Let us change the Rank calculation type from Modified Competition (1, 3, 3, 4) to Dense (1, 2, 2, 3). Form the below screenshot you can see the Dense Rank partitioned by occupation

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Lastly, we changed the Tableau Rank calculation type from Dense (1, 2, 2, 3) to Unique (1, 2, 3, 4). You can see the Unique Rank partitioned by occupation

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Tableau Rank Calculation – Second Approach

Please click on the down arrow beside the measured value (Here it is Yearly Income) will open the context menu. Here you have to select the Add Table Calculation option

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Once you click on the Add Table Calculation option, a new window called Table Calculation will open.

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Please change the calculation type from Difference From option to Tableau Rank

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Next, change the Compute Using option from a table (down) to Pane (across then down)

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