Range: Why Generalists Triumph In A Specialized World by David Epstein came on my radar after listening to another podcast. Thought the premise was interesting in that people who “dabble” in various interests and hobbies end up excelling (no pun intended) in life and have a more rewarding career. I read a few excerpts that […]
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New Excel feature alert! Probably one of the biggest announcements in a long time from the Excel world: a new function to supplant VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP. What is it you ask? The XLOOKUP function. Summary of XLOOKUP benefits I discuss some of the benefits, implications for new and existing users of Excel, and also some […]
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A few months ago, The New York Times’ Digital Transition team headed by Lindsey Cook published a blog post about a data bootcamp they led for their reporters and editors. The New York Times frequently publishes amazing data visualizations, and it’s awesome to see this newsroom pushing their reporters into the world of “data journalism.” […]
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I read a few excerpts from Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction by Philip E. Tetlock and Dan Gardner. What does it mean to be a good forecaster? How can we take lessons from the book to be better modelers? I just started reading the book but already have learned so much about forecasting, […]
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This is probably the most click-baity title for a blog post/podcast about Excel, but we don’t get many of these in the Excel world, right? It all started in 2002 with the Dilemma music video by Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland, and Kelly decided to send a text using Excel. The most important text in the […]
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In episode 12, I talked about how you can use the IMPORTRANGE() function in Google Sheets to import data form a source Google Sheet to a target Google Sheet. In this episode, I get a little more technical and discuss how you can import data using Google Apps Script. If you want to read the […]
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Have you ever wanted to share data from one Google Sheet with another Google Sheet? Maybe you are a freelancer and have multiple clients, and keep all the payment data in one Google Sheet but need to send updates to your clients without sharing all your clients’ data. In this scenario, setting up one individual […]
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Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel? An age-old question since Google Sheets came onto the scene in 2006. Many saw Google Sheets just as a copycat of Excel that lacked most of Excel’s features. Over the years, Google Sheets has caught up with Excel’s many features including the number of formulas, PivotTables, and even macros. To […]
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Given that this is the 10th episode of the Dear Analyst podcast, I thought it would be relevant to reflect on how I got started with KeyCuts and joined various Excel communities. I never thought I’d make it to 10 episodes, but here we are! Excel communities Like many online communities, I got started with […]
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If you want to count the number of cells with blank values in them, you may think it’s as simple as using the COUNTBLANK() formula. Usually you do this if you want to know how much data is missing in your data set. Say you have a list of 10 students, and if a student […]
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What are some best practices for data analyst working in the medical field? I review this blog post from the Tableau blog by Barry P. Chaiken, MD about the type of analytics used in the medical field, and the trust that must be garnered between the analyst and the physicians. An interesting aspect of doing […]
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Should you use VLOOKUP or INDEX/MATCH in Excel? What are the pros and cons of each method? When you lookup data in Excel, you have the option to use either VLOOKUP or a combination of INDEX and MATCH functions. There is a huge debate over which method to use, and I break down the pros […]
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This is my take on the a blog post written on the Mode blog: How to Develop the Five Soft Skills That Will Make You a Great Analyst. These soft skills are invaluable for all analysts and as Derek mentions in the blog post, helps you move up in your career. The most important soft […]
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What are the best ways to learn Excel? How do I get good at Excel? I’ve been asked this question many times in person or online, and even wrote some answers online. I discuss not only the best ways to learn Excel, but also what the core concepts you should learn to be the most […]
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Excel tables are a really powerful feature, but there are pros and cons to the feature depending on if you are an advanced or beginner Excel user. From what I’ve seen, most people who use Excel tables just to get the nice color formatting on the header row and the alternating banded rows color formatting. […]
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PivotTables in Excel are a great way to visualize your data. However, in order to easily query and summarize your data in the PivotTable, you need to properly structure your data set before building the PivotTable. Not only is the practice of streamlining your dataset into fewer columns good for PivotTables for different dimensions, this […]
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What are your favorite Excel keyboard shortcuts? I talk about my top 5 and why I think they are useful for all analysts. The key takeaway is to stop using your mouse or trackpad on your laptop, and commit to learning these keyboard shortcuts to be more efficient and productive in Excel. My #1 Excel […]
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This is the first episode of Dear Analyst, a podcast about Excel, data analysis, software, and everything in between. In this episode, I talk about the Copy and Paste Special Values feature in Excel, and why it’s not a good habit to get into when it comes to structuring the data in your Excel files. […]
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