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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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VIS 2014 – Thursday

November 14, 2014
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Thursday was the penultimate day of VIS 2014. I ended up only going to InfoVis sessions, and unfortunately missed a panel I had been planning to see. The papers were a bit more mixed, but there were agains some really good ones. InfoVis: Evaluation Thursday was off to a slow start (partly because of the […]

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VIS 2014 – Wednesday

November 13, 2014
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VIS 2014 – Wednesday

Wednesday is more than the halfway point of the conference, and was clearly the high point so far. There were some great papers, the arts program, and I got to see the Bertin exhibit. InfoVis: Interaction and Authoring Revisiting Bertin matrices: New Interactions for Crafting Tabular Visualizations by Charles Perin, Pierre Dragicevic, and Jean- Daniel Fekete […]

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Circular but insufficient

November 13, 2014
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Circular but insufficient

One of my students analyzed the following Economist chart for her homework. I was looking for it online, and found an interactive version that is a bit different (link). Here are three screen shots from the online version for years...

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VIS 2014 – Tuesday

November 12, 2014
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The big opening day of the conference, Tuesday, brought us a keynote, talks, and panels. Also, a new trend I really like: many talks end with the URL of a webpage that contains a brief summary of the paper, the PDF, and often even a link to the source code of the tool they developed. […]

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VIS 2014 – Monday

November 11, 2014
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VIS 2014 – Monday

IEEE VIS 2014 technically began on Saturday, with the first full day open to all attendees being Sunday. Monday continued the workshops and tutorials, and that is where we join our intrepid reporter. VIS Social Run The day started at 6:30am, when five fearless runners braved the cold and dark, and completed the inaugural VIS […]

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