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In defense of the bar chart

February 22, 2011 by


From the New York Times comes a visualization that is not all that surprising, but still unnerving.  This is not a bar chart. (Via NYT) Is this effective?  Yes and no.  For one, the coloration is good; red and darker colors stand out, drawing our attention to our dismal statistics.  But let’s compare this to […]

A short visual history of charts and graphs

February 3, 2011 by


Most of the charts used today in data visualization among virtually all of the social sciences (economics included–you can’t get out of it this time) derive from the original design of William Playfair (1759-1823), political economist and a product of the Scottish enlightenment, and Johann Heinrich Lambert (1728-1777), a mathematician of the Alpine inclination.  Together, […]