#WOW2022 | 16 | Can you make a Hexbin Map?


This week we’ll be exploring some of the forgotten functions of Tableau – Hexbins! And what better place to practice than with a workout. The dataset we’re using here is one of my all-time faves for playing around in Tableau – Rat Sightings in NYC. The open data portal of NYC has a record of every time a rat sighting has been reported the city’s 311 hotline since 2010!

This challenge will likely require a bit of work outside of Tableau to get this all looking right. But that’s okay – what a few more open browser tabs worth? 😂

See the requirement below


  • Dashboard Size: generic desktop
  • Create a hexbin map of rat sightings
    • do some research and play around with hexbins to get a feel for them and how they work
  • Create a bar chart showing total sightings by borough
    • Add interactivity to highlight the map
  • What’s a hexbin without a hexagon? Tableau has hexbin functions but doesn’t provide a hexagon shape. You can download that shape here and put it in your shapes repo
  • I used a color brewer color palette. You can read through this Tableau forums post to learn more about Color Brewer as well as download a TPS file with all the colors
    • it appears the palette I used is not in the Color Brewer palette. You can copy and past the following block of code and paste it in your tps file
      • <color-palette name=”OrRd-5″ type=”ordered-sequential” >
    • pay attention to the citation

Remember to have fun!


This week I pulled data from the NYC Open Data portal You can find it here


When you publish your solution on Tableau Public make sure to take the time and include a link to the original inspiration.  Also include the hashtag #WOW2022 in your description to make it searchable!


After you finish your workout, share on Twitter using the hashtag #WOW2022 and tag @LukeStanke, @_Lorna_Brown, @HipsterVizNinja, @_hughej, and @YetterDataViz



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