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The Point Of A Chart

August 27, 2015
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The Point Of A Chart

When creating charts, it’s important to pick the one that actually fits not just the data, but the task. That can require going outside your comfort zone to use something beyond the four or five most common chart types. Here is an example where the original chart does not support comparison between two different sets of numbers, … Continue reading The Point Of A Chart

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Losing count of money bags

August 26, 2015
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Losing count of money bags

I found this chart on a Munich publication called Süddeutsche Zeitung. This appeared during the most recent Greek/Euro crisis. The bags of money were financial obligations that were coming due from June 2015 to December 2015. There were three creditors,...

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When in Seattle, don’t look for the bus map

August 19, 2015
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When in Seattle, don’t look for the bus map

The past week in Seattle, I was blessed with amazing weather. The city has great coffee and restaurants, so pleased me alright. But Seattle-ites, please tell your government to burn your transit map presto! I tried looking at the map...

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Reimagining the league table

August 17, 2015
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Reimagining the league table

The reason for the infrequent posting is my travel schedule. I spent the past week in Seattle at JSM. This is an annual meeting of statisticians. I presented some work on fantasy football data that I started while writing Numbersense....

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Is something rotten behind there?

August 5, 2015
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Is something rotten behind there?

Via Twitter, Andrew B. (link) asked if I could comment on the following chart, published by PC Magazine as part of their ISP study. (link) This chart is decent, although it can certainly be improved. Here is a better version:...

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Milan EXPO: further thoughts

July 30, 2015
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Milan EXPO: further thoughts

I promised to blog more about the Milan EXPO so this is it. My first reactions were recorded here. (link) This post is primarily intended for those who are planning a visit. Orientation One of the smartest design decisions is...

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Pluto: To Catch an Icy King

July 28, 2015
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Pluto: To Catch an Icy King

Sly as a fox, it is. Mysterious and diminutive, it has eluded us for decades. Despite what we've learned about Pluto, constant debate continues to rage over its classification. From the moment it was discovered, astronomers have bickered over this icy ...

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I try hard to not hate all hover-overs. Here is one I love

July 23, 2015
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I try hard to not hate all hover-overs. Here is one I love

One of the smart things Noah (at WNYC) showed to my class was his NFL fan map, based on Facebook data. This is the "home" of the visualization: The fun starts by clicking around. Here are the Green Bay fans...

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United Nations gets dataviz

July 21, 2015
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The UN, as I noted before, is getting into the dataviz game. Here is an announcement about a Data Viz Challenge that has just started. Flood them with ideas! *** I am writing to invite you and your network of...

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Incomprehensible, and even insidious

July 17, 2015
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Incomprehensible, and even insidious

A reader Alex V. nominated this chart as one of the most incomprehensible ever: This comes from the Annual Report 2014 of Allison Transmission. I applaud the fact that they obviously spent time making the charts. This is not something...

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