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Matplotlib vs Tableau: What are the differences?
What is Matplotlib? A plotting library for the Python programming language. It is a Python 2D plotting library which produces publication quality figures in a variety of hardcopy formats and interactive environments across platforms. It can be used in Python scripts, the Python and IPython shells, the Jupyter notebook, web application servers, and four graphical user interface toolkits.
What is Tableau? Tableau helps people see and understand data. Tableau can help anyone see and understand their data. Connect to almost any database, drag and drop to create visualizations, and share with a click.
Matplotlib belongs to "Charting Libraries" category of the tech stack, while Tableau can be primarily classified under "Business Intelligence".
Very easy-to-use UI. Good way to make data available inside the company for analysis.
Has some built-in visualizations and can be easily integrated with other JS visualization libraries such as D3.
Can be embedded into product to provide reporting functions.
Support team are helpful.
The only complain I have is lack of API support. Hard to track changes as codes and automate report deployment.
Power BI is really easy to start with. If you have just several Excel sheets or CSV files, or you build your first automated pipeline, it is actually quite intuitive to build your first reports.
And as we have kept growing, all the additional features and tools were just there within the Azure platform and/or Office 365.
Since we started building Mews, we have already passed several milestones in becoming start up, later also a scale up company and now getting ready to grow even further, and during all these phases Power BI was just the right tool for us.
Pros of Matplotlib
- The standard Swiss Army Knife of plotting10
Pros of Tableau
- Capable of visualising billions of rows6
- Intuitive and easy to learn1
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Cons of Matplotlib
- Lots of code5
Cons of Tableau
- Very expensive for small companies2