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What does Tableau's Rank Function do?

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Any measure in the data set is given a position (rank) using the rank function. 

There are multiple methods offered by Tableau for ranking measures which include:

  • Rank: Aggregated measure and ranking order, which is optional having the default value, are the two inputs that the Tableau rank function receives.

  • Rank_dense: This also receives two inputs i.e. aggregated measure and ranking order. But this gives the same rank to the same values while also continuing to increase with the additional values. 

  • Rank_modified: Similar values are given the same rank using the rank modified function.

  • Rank_unique: Each and every value is given a unique rank using the rank unique function.

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