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Andrew Gelman on Pragmatism

“Yes, it can sometimes be possible for a graph to be both beautiful and informative, as in Minard’s famous Napoleon-in-Russia map, or more recently the Baby Name Wizard, which we featured in our article. But such synergy is not always possible, and we believe that an approach to data graphics that focuses on celebrating such […]

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I really should look into d3

Jérôme Cukier once again reminds me that I should look into D3 one if these days. Getting around to acquiring some better coding skills really is one of the things my spare time aught to be used on. Alas, it’s not. Along with Jeff Heer and Scott Murray, Jérôme Cukier just did a D3 tutorial at VisWeek 2012. And […]

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Mapping the World’s Facebook Friends

stamen have done it again. They usually do some amazingly cool stuff, and usually with maps. This time is no exception. Their contribution to Facebook Stories is pretty interesting. Called “Mapping the World’s Friendships“, it looks at the friendships between borders. It would be easy to have just stopped there, but they have also researched […]

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Tourism in Africa

Quite surprised by some of the numbers in this map from the outstanding Afrographique. Although there are a lot of tourists here in Mozambique, I’m surprised that there are more than three times the number of tourists in Mozambique than in Tanzania or 60% more than in Kenya. But the African Statistical Yearbook 2011 (pdf) […]

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About Stats Software

Stata is to the iPhone as R is to Android, as far as social science data analysis goes. I guess SAS would be BlackBerry, insofar as it’s dated and propped up by a strong lock-in among government employees. And SPSS is a Nokia phone that has a slick interface for dialing your friends but requires you to push dozens of extra buttons […]

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Big Data for the Public Good

Code for America have just posted the fourth seminar in their Big Data for the Public Good series. This time Jeremy Howard talks about Kaggle. I’ve embedded videos from the four seminars below, but you’re actually better off going straight to the Code for America website. Seminar 1: Data Visualization Michal Migursky Eric Rodenbeck Seminar 2: Data Without Borders […]

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Can You Pretty This Up?

Bitsy Hansen (aka Bitsy Bentley) has another great piece on Forbes today. This time it’s on the “Data Visualization Landscape“. Her main point is that making great graphs is not just about prettying up the things your data guys come up with. It’s a continuation of her previous post, “This Business of Data Visualization” where […]

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Data Without Borders

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Financial Times Graphical World

Yesterday I went to Grand Central Station to see a Financial Times ad campaign. In other words something I would not normally do. This campaign was special though. It’s called “Graphical World” and only goes on for three days. And it was definitely a cool campaign. It’s been developed by David McCandless from Information is Beautiful, and DDB UK. It was […]

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Jer Thorp on Data … and a little history

The by now rather legendary Jer Thorp yesterday talked at TEDx Vancouver about  humanizing data. He also shows some of hos greatest work. Great for inspiration. (via mindjet)