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Review: Now You See It by Stephen Few

August 2, 2013 by


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 […]

Review of Beautiful Visualization: Looking at Data Through the Eyes of Experts

August 1, 2013 by


Edit: You can buy the book off of amazon here: Beautiful Visualization on I just finished reading the excellent book Beautiful Visualization: Looking at Data through the Eyes of Experts, and I have to say, I would highly recommend it for anyone interested in either data visualization or basic data analytics. There are twenty […]

Using statistics to lie, and why democracy needs statistical literacy

August 3, 2012 by


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 […]

Why visualize data? We don’t know (yet)

March 13, 2011 by


What is the ultimate goal of data visualization?  A recent post on Jan Willem Tulp’s blog outlines some of the controversies in how, and why, you communicate data visually.  Writing about the Dutch InfoGraphics Conference 2011: The keynote was presented by Gert K. Nielsen, the founder of Though he is a great speaker and […]

Hive plots and hairballs

February 5, 2011 by


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 […]

Stats with Cats

February 4, 2011 by


I have a cat named Ellis. (Disclosure: that is not really a picture of my cat. My camera isn’t working. Taken from Big Black Ellis is usually not very helpful with my statistics questions, but I just wanted to inform our readers of a really fantastic cat/website that can help.  For an excellent introduction […]