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Increasing similarity of Billboard songs

Popular songs on the Billboard charts always tended to sound …

Fast and slow visualization

Visualization is often described in the context of speed and …

When surveillance turns into stalking

Many surveillance apps cater to parents who want to keep …

Amazon Rekognition for government surveillance

Amazon’s Rekognition is a video analysis system that promises to …

Data scientists as the new Mad Men

Ken Auletta for The New Yorker looks at “math men” …

Nigel Holmes new illustrated book on Crazy Competitions

Nigel Holmes, the graphic designer known for his playful illustrated …

What’s in a food truck

Food trucks are the real deal these days. The best …

A visualization game to understand education and school segregation

Educate Your Child by Gabrielle LaMarr LeMee uses census data …

Subway delays visually explained

Adam Pearce for The New York Times describes the sad …

Data is, sometimes

Financial Times recently updated their style guide: data — the …

Basketball Stat Cherry Picking

Wow your friends during the game with random win percentages, based on various player stats.

If We All Left to “Go Back Where We Came From”

Imagine that those with immigrants in their family tree left the country. Almost everyone, basically.

Data, R, and a 3-D Printer

We almost always look at data through a screen. It’s quick and good for exploration. So is there value in making data physical? I played around with a 3-D printer to find out.

Visualizing Differences

Focus on finding or displaying contrasting points, and some visual methods are more helpful than others. A guide.

How to Make Chord Diagrams in R

Show connections in the circular layout for a more compact presentation.

Most Common Occupation by Age

As we get older, job options shift — along with experience, education, and wear on our bodies.

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3-D Printing: How to Prepare the Data in R

Moving your data from the digital screen to something more physical isn’t as tricky as it seems. Here’s how I did it.

How to Make Chord Diagrams in R

Show connections in the circular layout for a more compact presentation.

How to Make Unit Charts with Icon Images in R

Make the unit chart less abstract with icons that represent the data, or use this in place of a bar chart.

How I Made That: Animated Square Pie Chart

Also known as waffle charts. Using animated transitions between values, you can allow for comparisons between categories.

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Visualizing Differences

Focus on finding or displaying contrasting points, and some visual methods are more helpful than others. A guide.

Visualizing Outliers

Step 1: Figure out why the outlier exists in the first place. Step 2: Choose from these visualization options to show the outlier.

Visualizing Incomplete and Missing Data

We love complete and nicely formatted data. That’s not what we get a lot of the time.

Visualizing the Uncertainty in Data

Data is an abstraction, and it’s impossible to encapsulate everything it represents in real life. So there is uncertainty. Here are ways to visualize the uncertainty.