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Eight Years of eagereyes

October 2, 2014
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Eight Years of eagereyes

What is the purpose of blogging about visualization? Is it to make fun of the bad stuff? Is it to point to pretty things? Is it to explain why things are good or bad? Is it to expand the landscape of ideas and break new ground? Or is it to discuss matters at great length that ultimately don't matter all that much?

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Hypothesis: pie charts are correlated with muddled thinking. But which direction is the causal arrow?

September 29, 2014
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Hypothesis: pie charts are correlated with muddled thinking. But which direction is the causal arrow?

RealClimate (link) deserves a pie in the face for printing a set of pie charts. (Thanks to @guitarzan for the tip.) This is a case of the chart telling a different story from the data. Let's look at one of...

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A little something while I’m away

September 26, 2014
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Note: This is cross-posted to both my blogs. I have been on vacation. Regular posts will resume next week. Before then, here is a little something for you. ASA News recently asked me to describe "a day in the life...

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Visualizing Publicly Available US Government Data Online

September 19, 2014
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Visualizing Publicly Available US Government Data Online

Brightpoint Consulting recently released a small collection of interactive visualizations based on open, publicly available data from the US government. Characterized by a rather organic graphic design style and color palette, each visualization makes...

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The Disappearing Planet: Comparing the Extinction Rates of Animals

September 18, 2014
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The Disappearing Planet: Comparing the Extinction Rates of Animals

The subtly designed A Disappearing Planet [propublica.org] by freelance data journalist Anna Flagg reveals the extinction rates of animals, caused by a variety of human-caused effects, including climate change, habitat destruction and species displace...

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Beyond the Knee-Jerk Reaction

September 16, 2014
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Beyond the Knee-Jerk Reaction

There is a tendency to just reflexively make fun of certain types of charts, in particular pie charts and 3D charts. While that is often justified, there are also exceptions. Not all pie charts are bad, and not all 3D charts are terrible. But to spot those outliers, we have to suppress the knee-jerk reflex and give them a moment of thought before ripping them apart.

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Relevance, to you or me: a response to Cairo

September 15, 2014
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Relevance, to you or me: a response to Cairo

Alberto Cairo discussed a graphic by the New York Times on the slowing growth of Medicare spending (link). The chart on the top is published, depicting the quite dramatic flattening of the growth in average spending over the last years--average...

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GitHut: the Universe of Programming Languages across GitHub

September 12, 2014
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GitHut: the Universe of Programming Languages across GitHub

GitHut [githut.info], developed by Microsoft data visualization designer Carlo Zapponi, is an interactive small multiples visualization revealing the complexity of the wide range of programming languages used across the repositories hosted on GitHub. ...

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Pi Visualized as a Public Urban Art Mural

September 10, 2014
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Pi Visualized as a Public Urban Art Mural

Visualize Pi [tumblr.com] is a mural project that aimed to use popular mathematics to connect Brooklyn students to the community with a visualization of Pi. It was funded by a successful KickStarter project as proposed by visual artist artist Ellie Ba...

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The Key Players in the Middle East and their Relationships

September 10, 2014
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The Key Players in the Middle East and their Relationships

Whom Likes Whom in the Middle-East? [informationisbeautiful.net] by David McCandless and UniversLab is a forced-network visualisation of key players & notable relationships in the Middle East. Next to its expressive aesthetic, the interactive feature...

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