This Data Kid's Favorite Pokémon? He Found the Answer in the Data

By Martha Kang August 12, 2016

Eight-year-old Judah Bausili has been playing a whole lot of Pokémon Go lately. He and his dad, Ben, have caught 46 so far.

“I’ve caught Doduo, Bulbasaur, and the last one...I can’t remember,” says Judah.

Judah has always enjoyed catching Pokémon, but he hasn’t always been discerning about the types he caught. And that’s where Ben, his data-minded dad who happens to work for Tableau Gold Partner InterWorks, saw an opportunity.

Ben pulled some Pokémon character stats from Wikipedia. Then he gave Judah a quick tour of Tableau.

“I explained dimensions and measure. Then I showed him how to build charts, then had him try it,” says Ben.

Five minutes later, Ben turned on the camera.

After exploring the stats, Judah realized not all characters were created equal, and declared a new favorite: “Mewtwo, because he’s like really strong, fast, and really defensive.”

Indulging Curiosity

This exercise was Judah’s first introduction to Tableau, but it was hardly his first lesson in seeing and understanding data.

It all began when Judah was just 6. Ben was sitting on his bed, analyzing data, when Judah came into the room.

“And he jumps on the bed and says, ‘I want to watch you! Daddy, look at all the numbers!’ He was super-excited about it,” says Ben. “That’s actually one of my favorite stories about Judah.”

Since then, Judah’s often watched his dad work, sometimes asking questions about what he sees on the screen. And Ben has seized those moments to impart small lessons.

“When he shows curiosity, I indulge him,” says Ben. “I try to let him be a part of what I’m doing. I explain why I’m doing something, why it’s important. He learns, and it’s meaningful to him.”

Because Judah has been around computers since a young age, teaching him how to use Tableau took no time at all, says Ben.

“As I find opportunities in daily life, I try to introduce him to technology. And that made teaching Tableau easy, because Tableau is very intuitive,” says Ben.

The Draw of Do-It-Yourself Data

As for Judah, he’s learned that watching is one thing; doing is another. Ever since he tried Tableau, Judah has been bitten by the bug.

“I really, really liked it because it was really fun to do,” he says.

For his next act, Judah wants to explore Marvel Comics data—and he’s considering letting his younger brother, Leo, help.

“He wants to make his own dashboard now,” says Judah of his brother.

It appears watching Dad work, while once nice, is no longer enough.

“The other day, I was building a dashboard for a client. And Judah asked me if he could do it for me,” says Ben.

Still, ask Judah about his favorite part of exploring data, and the answer’s likely the same as it’s ever been: “Spending time with my dad.”

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Submitted by Vicky (not verified) on

Interesting - I remember seeing another Pokémon visualization earlier. Here is the link -!/vizhome/PokemonStats_0/ComparePokemonsbytwoStats

Submitted by Alejandra (not verified) on

How can I make the dashboard to display "on top" like in this article? Does it require a special coding in Tableau or in the web page?

Submitted by Agroskater (not verified) on

If you mean how Judah sorted by the strongest attack, you go to the category you want to 'sort' by and then when your mouse is hovering above the criteria you will see a pyramid-bar looking object. Click this to resort and it will sort by descending (1 Click), then ascending (2 Clicks), then revert back to normal (3 Clicks).

I'm going from memory so this may be a little off, but experiment.

If you meant how he go the sheet to the top of the dash that's simple: Click (hold), drag and drop.

Submitted by Kathy Murrer (not verified) on

Hi Ben and Judah,

I really enjoyed your video and I'd like to create this same dashboard with my son. I could not find the wikipedia data you referred to. Would you please help me find that list of Pokemon stats?


Submitted by James Vanderhyde (not verified) on

Here are some stats you can use. I don't know if it's what Judah and Ben used.émon_by_base_stats_(Generation_VI-present)

Submitted by Chris Armstrong (not verified) on

Hey Kathy -

Judah and Ben scraped and combined data from Wikipedia (émon) and Bulbapedia (émon_by_base_stats_(Generation_VI-present)).

You can download his final dataset from his Tableau Public viz:!/vizhome/PokemonViz/JudahsPokemonStatDashboard

Good luck and have fun with your son!

Submitted by Samuel B. on

Love this story, thanks for sharing. I was interested in data as I child and enjoyed looking through phone books and directories. This kid quickly learned Tableau and was able to gain insights from data tables.

Submitted by Yifei (not verified) on

Wow great story and great way to market Tableau! Pay rise to the author and the dad please!;)

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