Why exploring big data is hard

The talks from OpenVisConf 2015 went up, so I’m slowly making my way through. In this one Danyel Fisher from Microsoft Research talks about the challenges of working with data that doesn’t quite fit into your standard CSV data model. The visualization has to account for the mess.

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Life expectancy changes

The data goes back to 1960 and up to the most current estimates for 2009. Each line represents a country.

Jobs Charted by State and Salary

Jobs and pay can vary a lot depending on where you live, based on 2013 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Here’s an interactive to look.

Graphical perception – learn the fundamentals first

Before you dive into the advanced stuff – like just about everything in your life – you have to learn the fundamentals before you know when you can break the rules.

Shifting Incomes for American Jobs

For various occupations, the difference between the person who makes the most and the one who makes the least can be significant.