Tableau Enhances Data Visualization Solution With Empirical Systems Acquisition

Tableau Software, a visual analytics solution provider, has acquired Empirical Systems, an artificial intelligence (AI) startup. Tableau will integrate Empirical Systems’ automated statistical analysis technology into its own platform, helping customers gain greater insight into their data. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Empirical Systems Analytics Engine automates data modeling, a task that would typically require a trained statistician. This allows users to explore, explain, predict and simulate the data in real time. Algorithms guide users to relevant insights and trends that might have otherwise gone unnoticed, helping them uncover patterns or spikes in the data without requiring data science expertise or custom statistical modeling.


Empirical employees will join Tableau, which plans to establish a research and development center in Cambridge, Mass. The team housed there will focus on integrating the technology into the Tableau platform.

“We are thrilled to welcome the Empirical team to Tableau to help us bring AI-powered analysis to the masses and enhance the way people interact with their data,” said Francois Ajenstat, Chief Product Officer at Tableau in a statement. “Automatic insight generation will enable people without specialized data science skills to easily spot trends in their data, identify areas for further exploration, test different assumptions and simulate hypothetical situations.”

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