Blake Stroh

Blake studied Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Wollongong and has developed an appreciation for all things data while working as a database administrator. While traveling abroad in the UK, Blake encountered The Data School and discovered that The Data School has launched Down Under. While he isn’t leveraging advanced analytics in Alteryx, Blake loves nothing more than travelling but while he’s home, he will be surfing at Sydney’s beautiful beaches.

Ready for Launch (Reflective Blog)

Approaching the final days of our 4 months at the Data School Australia it seems a good time to reflect on my time here. The period has flown by, it feels like only yesterday we were going through introductions at the new office and getting to work in an area that we...

Dashboard Week Day 5: Australian Car Registrations

Day 5 is finally here. After a long exhausting week, we’ve received a smaller dataset on Australian Car Registrations and other related info from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. It was only a half day project so time management was super important again. The...

Dashboard Week Day 4: Using the Eventful API

For day 4 of Dashboard week, we were given a different task yet again. Today involved sourcing our own data from eventful.com API’s. We had to sign up for an account, choose a topic and then read their documentation to download the Event information that we needed...

Dashboard Week Day 3: Global Terrorism

For day 3 we were given a great dataset on Global Terrorism from 1970-2017 (excluding 1993 as the records for that year were lost). It was a great dataset from the outset, came with well labelled columns, clear definitions and really interesting data. I see great...

Dashboard Week Day 2 – MLB Baseball Stats

For day 2 of Dashboard week we were tasked with a Sportsviz Sunday (from here) It was a very rich dataset, with massive scope for investigation. I decided to focus on Pitches, with the statistics for every pitch over a 10-year period recorded. With almost 1 million...

Dashboard Week Day 1 – International Aid Funding

Dashboard week involves us creating one dashboard per day for the week on a dataset picked for us. For Day 1 we were given this dataset on Aid Data around the World and tasked with making sense of who sends and receives aid (Click to see the Challenge). We were also...

Quick Tips for the Alteryx Advanced Exam

After completing my Alteryx Advanced Certification last week I thought it would be a good time to note down some thoughts and tips on the exam and preparation process. I would highly encourage anyone thinking about doing it to give it a try now! I found the process...

5 Tips when Adding Colours in Tableau

Here’s a list of the top 5 tips involving adding colour to charts in Tableau. It's not about choosing the actual colours, but the process to get nice meaningful colouring in to your viz. Using these quick techniques will allow for a lot more flexibility with colouring...

Using Alteryx to Make a Tricky Calculation Simple

I had a calculation relating to my AFL Data Viz that I had been avoiding doing because I assumed it was too difficult. Over the weekend, with the help of Alteryx I was able to easily solve the problem and it turned out to be much easier than I had thought. The key for...