Posts from

2007

Bars as an Alternative to Bubble Charts

Are bubble charts effective? This seems to be a recurring question. Some say people suck at comparing areas in the form of bubbles, or rather, people are horrible with areas,…

What is the Best Way to Learn Flash & Actionscript for Visualization?

Maybe someone can help me with this. I'm shifting focus from static graphics (with Adobe Illustrator) and moving onto dynamic data visualization with Flash and Actionscript. Does anyone have any…

A Magazine Dedicated Entirely to Visualizing Something Useful

GOOD Magazine is "media for people who give a damn." While so much of today's media is taking up our space, dumbing us down, and impeding our productivity, GOOD exists…

How Do You Visualize Time in a Drawing?

Icastic has a fun (and growing) collection of (currently) 247 hand-drawings from contributors who have shown how they see time. Some are very detailed works of art while others are…

Lisa Jevbratt on the Sublime in Data Visualization

We look up at the starry sky and we sense a fear of not comprehending and being engulfed, a fear of the unknown, and simultaneously we experience a longing for…

Cover Manhattan and Then Some With All the World’s Walmarts

Speaking of Walmart, if we took all of the Walmarts in the world and clumped them all together, they'd cover Manhattan (with some stores sinking in the water). Walmart is…

New Journal: Technology Innovations in Statistics Education

Technology Innovations in Statistics Education (TISE) is a new e-journal that was just announced yesterday. The use of technology (e.g. data visualization) has become extremely important in teaching statistical concepts…

Education Statistics Free, Available, and Waiting for You

Raw, fine-grain data is still a bit hard to come by. Summary statistics (i.e. data that came from some analysis), on the other hand, are often easy to find. A…

Social Data Analysis Workshop

I stumbled across the Social Data Analysis workshop, happening as part of CHI 2008. It is being organized by none other than IBM Visual Communication Lab's Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda…

Presidential Nomination Polls With Smoothers

It almost feels like I see a new poll every day for who's leading in the presidential race. There's usually a good amount of fluctuation within a single poll with…

Walmart Spreads Like a Virus

Watch Walmart quickly expand like a deadly virus from the movie Outbreak. It's particularly interesting to see Walmart "infect" an entire small region with multiple new stores opening at the…

Sifting Through My Mobile Phone Logs

When I was in NYC and my wife was in Buffalo, New York we talked on the phone almost every day, usually around ten in the evening. I was at…

Gazing Deeply Into Your Many Eyes

Dear Many Eyes, From the moment I stared into your thousands of solid black eyes, I knew we had something special. Since the day we met you've shown me the…

World Freedom Atlas

World Freedom Atlas is an online geo-visualization tool that shows a number of freedom indicators so to speak. For example, you can map by a number of indexes such as…

Is My Interest in Data Obsessive?

I just saw Stranger than Fiction. The main character, Harold Crick, spends much of his life counting. He counts the number of steps it takes for him to walk from…

ProBlogger Birthday Bash Giveaway

If you have a blog, I'm sure you've heard of the the ever so popular ProBlogger blog. To celebrate, Darren is giving away $54,000 worth of prizes! The current giveaway…

Swivel Gets a Data Guy

What the heck's a data guy? According to Gerard, who studied computer science and economics in college It means that I'm the type of person who, instead of planning for…

Americans Prefer Watered Down Beer

Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser), Miller, and Coors lead the way in beer. Albeit, this is shipment data, not sales data, so take the numbers with a grain of salt. The extreme dominance…

Useful Stat Resources for R and GRASS

UCLA Statistics has a pretty extensive list of resources on how to use R and GRASS. For those unfamiliar, R is a programming language and environment for statistical computing and…

StatGrad Discussion Board Now Open

The StatGrad discussion board is now online -- a place where stat students can hang out. One of the things I miss most about going to school is hanging out…