R + Tableau: Let’s Enrich Data Science with More Visualizations


Hong Wang, data scientist at Independent Purchasing Cooperative, which is a supply chain management company and provides supply chain service for Subway (US top 2 quick service restaurant brand). The general business is to assure that all Subway restaurants both in US and Canada operate successfully with high quality products and most competitive cost. As a data scientist at IPC, Hong provides in-depth analytical insights and systematic applications, which are both important to improve business. She applies mathematical approaches to solve business questions and enable business stakeholders to make decisions based on my analysis or recommendations.

At IPC, Tableau is used as a reporting application that is able to connect directly to R. The functionality is designed for the domain expert who understands the data and is able to make data science results more visual to broaden audience. The drag-and-drop interface allows users effortlessly connect to libraries and packages, import saved models or write new ones directly into calculations and visualize them in seconds.