Posts Tagged ‘ Education ’

Update on Dataviz Workshop 3

March 25, 2014
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My chart making workshop has passed the point where each participant (except one) has presented the first draft of his or her project, and the class has opined on these efforts. Previously, I posted the syllabus of the course here....

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Learn EDA (exploratory data analysis) from the experts

March 18, 2014
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The Facebook data science team has put together a great course on EDA at Udacity. EDA stands for exploratory data analysis. It is the beginning of any data analysis when you have a pile of data (or datasets) and you...

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On replacing calculus with statistics

March 7, 2014
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Russ Roberts had this to say about the proposal to replacing the calculus requirement with statistics for students. Statistics is in many ways much more useful for most students than calculus. The problem is, to teach it well is extraordinarily…Read more ›

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Nothing to see here

March 4, 2014
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Nothing to see here

Some graphics are made to inform, some to amuse, some to delight. But the following scatter plot makes one wonder why why why... What does the designer want to say? *** I saw this chart inside an infographics titled "Where...

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Knowledge in the chart and knowledge in the head

February 25, 2014
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Knowledge in the chart and knowledge in the head

One of the many insights from Don Norman's great design book is that a user's behavior is affected by "knowledge in the world", and "knowledge in the head." Applied to graphics, this means readers of graphics use both knowledge in...

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Update on Dataviz Workshop 2

February 24, 2014
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Update on Dataviz Workshop 2

The class practised doing critiques on the famous Wind Map by Fernanda Viegas and Martin Wattenberg. Click here for a real-time version of the map. I selected this particular project because it is a heartless person indeed who does not...

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Update on Dataviz Workshop 1

February 19, 2014
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Update on Dataviz Workshop 1

Happy to report on the dataviz workshop, a first-time offering at NYU. I previously posted the syllabus here. I made minor changes to the syllabus, adding Alberto Cairo's book, The Functional Art (link), as optional reading, some articles from the...

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Hat tip to the Times editors

February 13, 2014
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While I wasn't happy with how the New York Times business page covered the recent unemployment report (link), I was pleasantly surprised to see this editorial today titled "Making College Pay". Here are the key sentences: The recent jobless rate for college graduates ages 25 and older was 3.2 percent, and their median pay at full-time, full-year jobs was $75,300 for men and $53,700 for women. That is a far…

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My business statistics and data visualization courses

January 16, 2014
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I have been busy working on syllabuses for my Spring 2014 courses at NYU, and that's why posting has been more haphazard than usual. I don't think I have said much about my teaching here on the blog, so let me take this opportunity to introduce the classes that I teach. Statistics For Management I (link) This is an introductory statistics course with a business/management emphasis. Many students take this…

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Announcement: Dataviz Workshop for Spring 2014

January 13, 2014
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I'm very excited to preview the syllabus of a new dataviz course I've been developing to be launched in Spring 2014. This course is focused on the craft of graph building, and is modeled after the writing workshop. Students will...

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