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Review: Now You See It by Stephen Few

August 2, 2013 by

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My conclusions: Awesome book. Buy it here: Now You See It: Simple Visualization Techniques for Quantitative Analysis. With the advent of computerized visuals in the late 1960’s, statistician John Tukey pointed out that exploring data would be one of the greatest strengths of interactive computers. In Now You See It: Simple Visualization Techniques for Quantitative […]

Simplifying data-and why it can be dangerous

May 4, 2013 by

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Is simplicity in data always desirable? Part 1 I recently stumbled on a really cool blog post looking at the alignment of buildings on the Open Street Map (OSM) database.  The author loaded the OSM database for the British Isles, and then calculated the azimuth* of each building.   His results are interesting. What does […]

Using statistics to lie, and why democracy needs statistical literacy

August 3, 2012 by

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I have often argued that we should encourage more statistical literacy in school and society in general.  This is not just because I am a statistics nerd.  Statistics is a language just like English; you can use it to describe the world, to clarify and the generalize.  You can also use it to lie or […]

A new infographic – please comment

November 2, 2011 by

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This is going to be a short post. I recently made an infographic for a client.  It actually started out as a poster for an academic conference, which was why I went with a simple, white/blue/black design, but they wanted a web-compatible format as well.  I have almost no experience with this kind of work, […]

INGO’s and the beauty of implied correlation

March 27, 2011 by

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A while back I read an article (Turner 2010; available here) that explained the rapid growth in the number of international Non-Governmental Organizations (INGO‘s) as a function of  of demographics and the structure of economic systems in developed countries. Essentially, the authors argue that an over-supply of cultural and economic elites led to the creation […]

Global android activations and the power law

March 7, 2011 by

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I recently saw a video mapping the rates of global android activations.  While very nice looking, it also piqued my interest because I noticed something that has been kind of bothering me recently.  That thing is, of course*, the power law. Alright, so first the video. It comes right from the android developer’s youtube channel, […]

AAAS Visualization Challenge

March 2, 2011 by

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Data visualization isn’t limited to the social sciences. As a case in point, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (which publishes the journal Science) recently held a competition for data visualization. There were some really cool ideas – a team from MIT tracked where pieces of trash ended up, a Russian team created a […]