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New but is it better?

June 20, 2012
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New but is it better?

Conventionally, the bracket in a sports tournament is presented like this (link): In the Euro 2012 that's happening right now, the group stage is followed by the knockout stage (quarter-, semi- and final). The knockout stage is pretty straightforward. The...

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The Statistics behind the US Civil War in Interactive Infographics

June 19, 2012
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The Statistics behind the US Civil War in Interactive Infographics

The Civil War [elibrosen.com] is the final student project of Eli Rosen for Golan Levin's Interactive Art and Computational Design course of 2012. The project provides a data-driven interface to explore the stories and facts behind the U.S. Civil Wa...

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A Few Hours of Joy at Eyeo

June 18, 2012
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A Few Hours of Joy at Eyeo

I stopped in at the Eyeo Festival last week. Unfortunately, I had only a few hours to spend, but managed to take in some great talks including Stephanie Posavec, Wes Grubbs, Zach Lieberman, and also participated in the Data Visualization and Social Ju...

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Simple rendering of complex data

June 14, 2012
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Simple rendering of complex data

Andrew Gelman likes this line chart showing the day-by-day trend in childbirth: Andrew makes a number of good points about this chart. Make sure you read the whole post. One of his points concerns making the line smoother by removing...

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Body Weight in the United States – Part 2, "Non Factors"

June 13, 2012
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Body Weight in the United States – Part 2, "Non Factors"

Sometimes the story isn't what is a trend, but rather what is not a trend. In this second installment about body weight in the U.S., listing what doesn't seem to be contributing factors will help narrow down what might actually be the problem...

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Body Weight in the United States – Part 2, "Non Factors"

June 13, 2012
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Body Weight in the United States – Part 2, "Non Factors"

Sometimes the story isn't what is a trend, but rather what is not a trend. In this second installment about body weight in the U.S., listing what doesn't seem to be contributing factors will help narrow down what might actually be the problem...

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Exploding NBA Basketball Shot Heat Map Analysis

June 12, 2012
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Exploding NBA Basketball Shot Heat Map Analysis

The interactive infographic "Where the Heat and the Thunder Hit Their Shots [nytimes.com] by the New York Times combines pure eye-candy with sophisticated statistical display, as it conveys the overall shooting patterns of the players on the Miami Hea...

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Network Medicine: Using Visualization to Decode Complex Diseases

June 12, 2012
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Network Medicine: Using Visualization to Decode Complex Diseases

"We should stop training cardiologists and neurologists. The doctor of the future needs to become a 'networkologist', able to understand where diseases are lying in the network and how they relate to each other." Albert Làszló Barab&ag...

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Bloomberg issues a health warning dressed up as a fast-food menu

June 12, 2012
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Bloomberg issues a health warning dressed up as a fast-food menu

NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg is getting mixed reviews for his proposal to ban super-sized sugary drinks. Reader John O. wasn't impressed with this graphical effort (link): The key problem: this picture is not scary at all. The reason it's not...

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