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Have You Registered to Vote Yet?

PhD Comics has grown to be my favorite comic of the moment. It's unbelievable how much I relate to all of it. I am not alone. Anyways, have you registered…

3 Worthwhile Alternatives to the Pie Chart

A while back I asked what you wanted to see more of on FlowingData. Thanks to the 447 of you who responded. I was actually kind of surprised that there…

Watch the Rise of Gasoline Retail Prices, 1993 – 2008

"What do the data look like for gasoline prices?" The prices go up, then down, then up, down, up...

Can You Improve this Graph Showing Suicide Rates in Japan?

Are you ready for another deconstruct/reconstruct exercise? I just posted a time series plot in the FlowingData forums that shows suicide rates and unemployment rates in Japan. Here are questions…

There’s More Than One Way to Skin a Dataset

Last week I asked if you could improve a mediocre bar chart showing party majorities by county. There was a resounding yes as many of you deconstructed and then reconstructed…

Can You Improve this Mediocre Statistical Graphic?

I'm on my way back home from the workshop Integrating Computing into the Statistics Curricula in Berkeley (and this time I managed to get through the line without getting yelled…

Is Napoleon’s March the Greatest Statistical Graphic Ever?

I'm starting to hear about Charles Minard's map of Napoleon's march time and time again - almost to the point of exhaustion. Is the map really that awesome, or is…

Reflecting On the Data Viz VI Conference

A little over a week ago, I was in Bremen for the Data Viz VI conference. Read that Data Viz 6 - not Data Viz V.I., as I thought through…

Statistical Graphics Conference – Jet Lag Wins. I Lose.

As you might have noticed, I haven't been live blogging the Data Viz VI conference here in Bremen. I arrived Tuesday evening and on Wednesday, the first day of the…

Voting Breakdown for Democratic Presidential Primaries

The above New York Times graphic shows where each candidate got his or her support from. The x-axis (horizontal) represents strength of support and the y-axis shows the number of…

Quickie Visualizations for Debugging

This guest post is by Rahul Bhargava, a Senior Software Engineer at nTAG Interactive, makers of interactive name badges for conferences and meetings. Email him : rahul [ @ ]…

Poverty Statistics that Make Sense – Welcome to Povertyville and Slumtown

Dan Beech represents worldwide poverty in this video, which is actually a 3-dimensional bar chart with some flare: Welcome to Povertyville, Slumtown, and Low Income city. I'm not sure what…

Rolling Out Your Own Online Maps and Graphs with HTML/CSS

Wilson Miner and Paul Smith, two co-founders of Everyblock, post tutorials and a little bit of their own experiences rolling out their own maps and creating graphs with web standards.…

Chernoff Faces to Display Baseball Managers From 2007 MLB Season

Check out this lovely use of Chernoff Faces by Steve Wang of Swarthmore College. This method of visualization was developed by none other than mathematician-statistician-physicist Herman Chernoff in 1973. These…

Is the New Google Visualization API Going to Limit Our Data Imagination?

Google recently released a visualization API that allows you to share embeddable visualization on your website, create Google Gadgets that can be shared and reused, and create extensions for existing…

17 Ways to Visualize the Twitter Universe

I just created a new Twitter account, and it got me to thinking about all the data visualization I've seen for Twitter tweets. I felt like I'd seen a lot,…

Explore Your del.icio.us Tags and Bookmarks On 6pli

Santiago, who I met at the Visualizar workshop, forwarded me his work on the visualization of del.icio.us tags and bookmarks called 6pli. Normally, I'm not a big fan of network…

Can We Improve this Graphic Showing History of Bipartisan Senate?

Some thoughts on what I think would make this graphic on the U.S. senate's history of bipartisan politics a bit more useful.

Is an Animated Transition From a Scatter Plot to a Bar Graph Effective?

Jeffrey Heer and George G. Robertson investigate the benefits of using animation in statistical graphics.

How to Read (and Use) a Box-and-Whisker Plot

Believe it or not, the box-and-whisker is not just a box and some whiskers.

New Hampshire Graphic from The Times

This graphic is from The New York Times graphics department. It matches the FlowingData colors. That is all. Oh, and it's excellent, but that's a given, right? Note the use…

One Day in the Life of the Average American

Time Magazine's multimedia section has a fun, little piece showing some statistics for a day in the life of the average American. There's some mapping for average commute time, annual…