Posts Tagged ‘ Business ’

People are happier in some parts of the country as Labor Day nears

August 27, 2014
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People are happier in some parts of the country as Labor Day nears

An anonymous reader sent in a Type V critique of the following map of July unemployment rates by state. The map was published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and used in a recent article in Vox. Matt @...

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Mind your Qs

August 20, 2014
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Mind your Qs

Rescheduling Notice: I have been informed by the organizers that the Meetup tonight has to be rescheduled due to an unexpected problem with the venue. When a new date is set, I will let you know. *** Since I am...

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Davenport on targeted marketing

August 13, 2014
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Tom Davenport is one of the leading voices on business analytics, and he has a new piece titled "Why are most 'targeted' marketing offers so bad?" in which he expanded on a question I raised in my HBR article. Tom's book Competing on Analytics is a classic. He has a great appreciation for the business of the data business. In the new feature, Davenport classifies marketing offers he gets into…

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World Bank fails to lead the way in #dataviz

August 12, 2014
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World Bank fails to lead the way in #dataviz

Matthew Yglesias, writing for Vox, cited the following chart from a World Bank project: His comment was: "We can see that while China has overtaken Germany and Japan to become the world's second-largest economy (i.e., total area of the rectangle)...

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One guaranteed to make Stephen Few cry

August 4, 2014
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One guaranteed to make Stephen Few cry

Vox published this chart: This sort of chart is, unfortunately, quite common in business circles. Just about the only thing one can read readily from this chart is the overall growth in the plug-in vehicle market (the heights of the...

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Another day, another misuse of averages

July 30, 2014
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The other day, we are told that if we walk anywhere in New York, we will bump into a few millionaires (link). This week, we are told that wherever we go in the US, "Roughly, every third person you pass on the street is going to have debt in collections" (link). The woman who said this has a PhD in Economics from Cornell. Oh please. The claim comes from yet…

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Interactivity as overhead

July 17, 2014
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Interactivity as overhead

Making data graphics interactive should improve the user experience. In practice, interactivity too often becomes overhead, making it harder for users to understand the data on the graph. Reader Joe D. (via Twitter) admires the statistical sophistication behind this graphic...

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Around the blogosphere

July 10, 2014
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A number of folks have reacted to various blogs and talks I have recently given. I'm glad that my writing has inspired others, and I recommend reading these wonderful responses. *** Diane Ravitch, the eminent scholar of New York education and author of several great books, found my 2011 post about Bill Gates's view of education. Here is her reaction: How refreshing to know that statisticians like Kaiser Fung are…

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Return of the barrel

July 10, 2014
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Return of the barrel

Back in 2008, I wrote about this unfortunate chart by the Guardian (link): The barrel imagery interferes with communicating the data. The green portion looks about the same size as the red portion when the number is four times smaller....

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A small step for interactivity

July 9, 2014
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A small step for interactivity

Alberto links to a nice Propublica chart on average annual spend per dialysis patient on ambulances by state. (link to chart and article) It's a nice small-multiples setup with two tabs, one showing the states in order of descending spend...

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