I have a particular fondness for mathematical concepts that describe large sets of natural phenomenon (like the oft-cited logarithmic spiral, which shows up in Nautilus shells, spiral galaxies, low pressure weather systems, and of course Romanesco broccoli). Something I came across while looking at the website of Paul Torrens for his work on empirical validation […]
Today I want to tackle (alright, just scratch the surface of) the theme of complexity and the law. It is an understatement to say that the complex nature of legal systems is a constant preoccupation of the legal academe; however, it is generally heavy on opinions and light on data. There is hope, however. I […]
I have been arguing that good data visualization fosters interdisciplinary cooperation, adds to the general understanding of academic topics, and serves to reveal otherwise opaque organizational features of your data. Now we can add that network visualization can be used outside of academia as well. Orgnet consulting used social network analysis (SNA) to assist an […]
Earlier, I covered Hierarchical Edge Bundles as a neat way of simplifying the presentation of network relations. Another way of simplifying visualization of large social networks that I found today are Hive Plots by Martin Krzywinski. The problem for him is that representations of social networks tend to get bogged down in uselessly complex linear […]
Sometimes social networks visualizations look so damn complicated. I at least tend to look at where the graph is busiest, and sort of intuitively conclude that that node is the most important one. There must be a better way, right? Of course there is–why else would I pose such an obviously rhetorical question? (damn it. […]
Seeing as I just got engaged, I figured I should share this graphic I stumbled on: At first, it seems that breakups really take off on Valentine’s day and peak a few weeks later. Or that Mondays are big breakup days. But really, its all weather (people seem to break up more in the winter). […]
Determining the size of the blogosphere has been a nefariously tricky task that has plagued researchers and pundits of various inclinations since the early 2000’s. Some estimates put the number of blogs at somewhere around 200-250 million. Something I realized the other day was that most of the estimates we have are for the English-speaking […]
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