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Incorrect

Essentially, all models are wrong, but some are useful. — George E. P. Box, Empirical Model-Building and Response Surfaces, 1987 A favorite quote among statisticians.…

Statisticians don’t program?

We're statisticians. We don't program. — Anonymous statistician I was talking to a small group of statisticians a few months ago, and someone said that…

An approximate answer

Far better an approximate answer to the right question, which is often vague, than an exact answer to the wrong question, which can always be…

Visualizing data: ask a question first

There is no way to think up an original and extraordinary design—it can only come as a result of pursuing a given task. In the…

A Defense of the Unknown in Infographics

"We’re inventors - we’re creators. And that’s the most important thing about what we do."

Twitter’s Creative Director on Why He Left Google

I'm thankful for the opportunity I had to work at Google. I learned more than I thought I would. I'll miss the free food. I'll…

Google’s Chief Economist Hal Varian on Statistics and Data

I keep saying the sexy job in the next ten years will be statisticians. People think I'm joking, but who would've guessed that computer engineers…

Flickr Operations Engineer Manager on Graphs and Data Obsession

We're quite addicted to data pr0n here at Flickr. We've got graphs for pretty much everything, and add graphs all of the time. — John…

Steve Jobs on Design

Most people make the mistake of thinking design is what it looks like… People think it's this veneer -- that the designers are handed this…

Martin Wattenberg On Visualizing Large Textual Data

Martin Wattenberg, one of the creators of Many Eyes, in reply to "Why is a numbers guy like you so interested in large textual data…

Lisa Simpson on Happiness vs Intelligence

As intelligence goes up, happiness goes down. See, I made a graph. I make lots of graphs. — Lisa Simpson. The Simpsons. Episode 257. January…

H. G. Wells on Quantitative Thinking

The time may not be very remote when it will be understood that for complete initiation as an efficient citizen of one of the new…

Leland Wilkinson on Bloatware

I have not yet achieved that elusive zero-byte graphics program, but I do believe that bulk, in programming or in writing, can sometimes be…

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…

Wise Words from John Tukey

The greatest value of a picture is when it forces us to notice what we never expected to see. — John W. Tukey. Exploratory Data…