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Lop-sided precincts, a visual exploration

October 17, 2017
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Lop-sided precincts, a visual exploration

Kaiser Fung, founder of Junk Charts, a leading data visualization blog, and Principal Analytics Prep, a premier data analytics bootcamp, discusses and remakes a Washington Post chart showing lop-sided precincts in the 2016 U.S. Presidential elections.

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Rejecting the data-free argument in support of the cashier-free Shake Shack

October 13, 2017
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It's always frustrating to see media outlets play loose with facts. When I read a headline like "Shake Shack's New Cashier-Free Location Really Does Reduce Wait, So Far," (link) I am expecting to read some evidence that the wait times of customers have decreased. Granted, this is a hard problem because you always need a "control" - something to compare to. And when this is a new restaurant, in a…

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Let’s not mix these polarized voters as the medians run away from one another

October 10, 2017
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Let’s not mix these polarized voters as the medians run away from one another

Long-time follower Daniel L. sent in a gem, by the Washington Post. This is a multi-part story about the polarization of American voters, nicely laid out, with superior analyses and some interesting graphics. Click here to see the entire article....

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Analysts must reckon with the fake data menace

October 9, 2017
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Kaiser Fung, founder of Principal Analytics Prep, comments on the fake data and fraud problem in digital advertising, and calls on data scientists and analysts to rise up to the challenge.

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Excel is the graveyard of charts, no!

October 5, 2017
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Excel is the graveyard of charts, no!

Kaiser Fung, creator of Junk Charts blog and founder of Principal Analytics Prep, encourages Excel users to work harder at making nice data graphics.

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Dataviz Seminar and other upcoming events

October 2, 2017
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Please help me spread the word on several upcoming events. If you're coming, please say hi! Data Visualization Seminar - JMP Explorers Series WHEN: October 4, 2017 , Wed, 9 am - 2:30 pm (ET) WHERE: New School, 63 5th...

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Q&A with NBA Hackathon winner

October 2, 2017
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Q&A with NBA Hackathon winner

After the NBA Hackathon (see report here), I caught up with the winning team in the business analytics competition, DataBucket, composed of Barbara Zhan and Harold Li. Junkcharts: Congratulations for winning the business analytics competition at the NBA Hackathon. As a judge, I was very impressed by how much work you were able to do in 24 hours. Did you sleep or did you work all the way through? DataBucket:…

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Storm story, a masterpiece

September 27, 2017
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Storm story, a masterpiece

Kaiser Fung, creator of Junk Charts and founder of Principal Analytics Prep, praises a visual story on hurricane Irma, published in the New York Times.

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Report from the NBA Hackathon 2017

September 25, 2017
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Report from the NBA Hackathon 2017

Kaiser Fung, founder of Junk Charts and Principal Analytics Prep, reports on his experience as a judge in the NBA Hackathon, held on September 23-24, 2017 in New York City.

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Getting into the head of the chart designer

September 19, 2017
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Getting into the head of the chart designer

Kaiser Fung, creator of Junk Charts and Principal Analytics Prep, shows that maps are not the only way to deliver insights about geographical data.

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