Posts Tagged ‘ Politics ’

Misguided warheads in the classroom

October 28, 2014
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Misguided warheads in the classroom

Alberto Cairo just gave a wonderful talk to my workshop, in which he complains about the state of dataviz teaching. So, it's quite opportune that reader Maja Z. sent in a couple of examples from a recent course on data...

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Chatting with Facebook scientists about charting

October 15, 2014
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Chatting with Facebook scientists about charting

I had the pleasure of visiting the Facebook data science team last week, and we spent some time chatting about visual communication, something they care as much about as I do. Solomon reported about our conversation in this blog post....

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Another PR effort to scare you into clicking

June 11, 2014
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Another PR effort to scare you into clicking

From Andrew Gelman's blog, I learned about a paper that makes the claim that daylight savings time could kill you. (Andrew links to this abstract, which is from a poster presentation at a meeting of the American College of Cardiology, and later published as a supplement in the ACC Journal; one of his readers found the published paper.) There is also a press release sponsored by the Journal with the…

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Know your data 15: the false promise of data correction

June 5, 2014
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It's a good thing that FTC is making some noise about regulating the snooping done by online services. (link) It's not a good thing that the measures described in the article ("tools to view, suppress and fix the information") do not solve the fundamental problem, and are likely counter-productive. What's the fundamental problem? Imagine a world in which you walk into your supermarket. When you check out, you are required…

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Beyond the surface of poll numbers

May 6, 2014
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This Upshot piece about increasing prevalence of tattoos in the U.S. linked to a Fox News Poll, summarized here by Fox News reporters. The statistics say that 20% of voters haves at least one tattoo, up from 13% in 2007. Fourteen percent haves two or more tattoos, up from 8%. The problem with poll result reporting are many. Let me count them: How should we interpret those numbers? One thing…

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Going overboard with simplicity

May 5, 2014
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Going overboard with simplicity

Today I look at an unlikely oversight by the New York Times: I think they tried to simplify the scale but ended up making a mess. Tufte preaches getting rid of all unnecessary ink but sometimes, you go overboard. ***...

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Conventions, novelty and the double edge

April 15, 2014
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Conventions, novelty and the double edge

This chart from Reuters is making the rounds on Twitter today. Quickly, tell me whether the Gun Law in Florida did well or poorly. That of course is the entire purpose of the chart. *** If you are like me,...

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The closer you look, the more confused

March 19, 2014
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The closer you look, the more confused

A twitter follower submitted this chart showing the shift in ethnicity in Texas: If you blinked, you probably took away the wrong message. Our "prior" tells us that the proportion of Hispanics has been rising quite rapidly in Texas. So,...

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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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Spite.

December 24, 2013
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Congress. Wait, before you lose your lunch, bear with me. This dysfunctional legislative body has been making headlines in the news recently. And when Congress is mentioned, rarely, if ever, is it of the positive persuasion. The shutdown, for example...

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