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Mind your Qs

August 20, 2014
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Mind your Qs

Rescheduling Notice: I have been informed by the organizers that the Meetup tonight has to be rescheduled due to an unexpected problem with the venue. When a new date is set, I will let you know. *** Since I am...

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Book reviews

August 15, 2014
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I have neglected to acknowledge the good folks who have posted reviews of my books in the last several months. Thank you, readers! *** Tom Peters, the business guru and author of the business classic In Search of Excellence, tweeted about Numbersense: "On my 13-hour Boston-Dubai flight, I re-read cover-2-cover Kaiser Fung's superb-useful-fun book Number Sense". Numbers Rule Your World is #7 on Gregory Ciotti's list of 25 underrated books…

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Dataviz worth your time

August 15, 2014
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Dataviz worth your time

The New York Times Upshot team came up with a dataviz that is worth your time. This is a set of maps that gives a perspective on migration patterns within the US. The metric being portrayed is the birthplace of...

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Welcome

August 14, 2014
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Welcome

Junk Charts is made by Kaiser Fung, the Web’s first data visualization critic. I discuss what makes graphics work, and how to make them better. Think chartjunk + junk art. Here is my first post from nine years ago. These...

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Davenport on targeted marketing

August 13, 2014
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Tom Davenport is one of the leading voices on business analytics, and he has a new piece titled "Why are most 'targeted' marketing offers so bad?" in which he expanded on a question I raised in my HBR article. Tom's book Competing on Analytics is a classic. He has a great appreciation for the business of the data business. In the new feature, Davenport classifies marketing offers he gets into…

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World Bank fails to lead the way in #dataviz

August 12, 2014
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World Bank fails to lead the way in #dataviz

Matthew Yglesias, writing for Vox, cited the following chart from a World Bank project: His comment was: "We can see that while China has overtaken Germany and Japan to become the world's second-largest economy (i.e., total area of the rectangle)...

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Upcoming Talks #DataViz #ABTesting

August 11, 2014
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Upcoming Talks #DataViz #ABTesting

This is a cross-post to both my blogs. Thanks to the ~200 or so people who showed up at last week's Data Scientist Meetup in Cambridge, Mass., hosted by John Baker. I gave a brief introduction to the concept of...

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Upcoming Talks #Dataviz #ABTesting

August 11, 2014
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Upcoming Talks #Dataviz #ABTesting

This is a cross-post to both my blogs. Thanks to the ~200 or so people who showed up at last week's Data Scientist Meetup in Cambridge, Mass., hosted by John Baker. I gave a brief introduction to the concept of "numbersense", and was part of a panel of "chief data scientists" talking about how to run data teams. Thanks to those who asked questions. This month, I am back in…

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A report from #JSM Joint Statistical Meetings 2014

August 6, 2014
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Stephen Stigler, the preeminent historian of statistics, gave a great talk at JSM, the annual gathering of statisticians on Monday afternoon in Boston. He outlined seven core ideas ("pillars of wisdom") in statistical research that sets the field apart; these are ideas developed by statisticians that represent significant advances to science and to human knowledge. As he remarked, each of these advances overturned then-established science, but even today, many people…

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Bad SQL habits

August 5, 2014
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For those in Boston/Cambridge, I will be speaking at the Chief Data Scientist meetup on Wednesday night. See you there. *** Warning: this post may be hard to understand if you don't know SQL. SQL is one of the most fundamental tools in data science. It is used to manipulate data. Its simplicity is a big reason for its popularity. There are lots of things it can’t do but the…

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