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How to take exams

December 14, 2014
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Here is something different: I wrote a piece on exam-taking tips. It's on a new website, Cafe, which has lots of good (non-quant) reads. The motivation for the piece is my observation that most American students are not taught how...

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Light entertainment: a pie from the sky

December 12, 2014
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Light entertainment: a pie from the sky

Long time reader Chris P. finds another one. Is there a point when these parodies become stale? Link

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Three axes or none

December 11, 2014
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Three axes or none

Catching up on some older submissions. Reader Nicholas S. saw this mind-boggling chart about Chris Nolan movies when Interstellar came out: This chart was part of an article by Vulture (link). It may be the first time I see not...

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Where a scatter plot fails

December 3, 2014
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Where a scatter plot fails

Found this chart in the magazine that Charles Schwab sends to customers: When there are two variables, and their correlation is of interest, a scatter plot is usually recommended. But not here! The text labels completely dominate this chart and...

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Light entertainment: fruits in space

December 1, 2014
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Light entertainment: fruits in space

Amusing. Another example of multiple scales, discussed here. (via Gelman)

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An uninformative end state

November 25, 2014
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An uninformative end state

This chart cited by ZeroHedge feels like a parody. It's a bar chart that doesn't utilize the length of bars. It's a dot plot that doesn't utilize the position of dots. The range of commute times (between city centers and...

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Three good charts

November 21, 2014
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Alberto Cairo, Stephen McDaniel and I were asked about our "favorite" data visualization at the Qlik Conference this week. Stephen wrote up our answers here.

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Disorganization

November 18, 2014
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Disorganization

Reader Aaron W. came across this "Facts and Figures" infographic about Boise State University that seemingly is aimed at alumni of the school. Given that Boise State has a good reputation for analytics, Aaron found it disconcerting to see such...

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VIS 2014 Observations and Thoughts

November 18, 2014
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While I’ve covered individual talks and events at IEEE VIS 2014, there are also some overall observations – positive and negative – I thought would be interesting to write down to see what others were thinking. I wrote summaries for every day I was actually at the conference: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. VIS […]

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VIS 2014 – Friday

November 14, 2014
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Wow, that was fast! VIS 2014 is already over. This year’s last day was shorter than in previous years, with just one morning session and then the closing session with the capstone talk. Running Roundup We started the day with another run. Friday saw the most runners (six), bringing the total for the week to […]

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