Geospatial EDA — Tableau Vs. Python

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EDA with Folium

An important element for understanding the dataset was the geospatial data for each water point. At the time, I used the Python package Folium to display the water points on a map and filtered the data using different parameters.

import folium 
from folium import plugins
import numpy as np
import pandas as pd
# filter the dataframe
df = data[data['quantity'] == 'dry']]
# create a matrix of data points for the heat map
lat_long_matrix = df[['latitude', 'longitude']].to_numpy()
# create a folium map centered on Tanzania
map_ = folium.Map([-6.369, 34.8888], zoom_start=5)
# add a heatmap layer the map
map_.add_child(plugins.HeatMap(lat_long_matrix, radius=10))
Water Points with a Quantity value of Dry

EDA with Tableau

What would have been nice is if I could have made a map like the one above, but that instead of a heatmap, it had color coded marks that gave a easy to understand visualization of the each label for any of the potential values of the quantity parameter. It turns out that is fairly simple to do with Tableau, which can handle mapping larger amounts of data.


Doing some map based EDA in Tableau allows for a greater understanding of the data than can be done with Python in a Jupyter notebook. The downside is that this part of the EDA is separate from your Jupyter notebooks. Although references and/or screen grabs could be integrated into your notebooks to provide a cohesive story along with your analysis.



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Mike Erb

Mike Erb

Data Scientist with a background in Computer Science and as an Entrepreneur in the Bike industry — Based in Ithaca, NY