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Hans Rosling wrote a book on Factfulness

Hans Rosling was able to build excitement around data like no other. Truth and progress was his rally cry. Before he died, he was working on a book with his Gapminder co-founders Anna Rosling Rönnlund and Ola Rosling. The book, Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World—and Why Things Are Better Than You Think, is out now. Ordered and looking forward to it. Tags: book, facts, Hans Rosling, world

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Climate Change Coloring Book

The Climate Change Coloring Book by Brian Foo makes data tactile and interactive. “The goal is to encourage learning, exploration, and reflection on issues related to climate change through act of coloring.” It’s in the early days of a Kickstarter campaign, but I suspect it’ll be funded in no time. Pledged. Tags: book, climate, environment

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National Geographic Infographics, the book

Infographics devolved a bit in recent years, but there was a time the term wasn’t immediately associated with content marketing. (And there is still plenty of good infographic work that actually informs.) National Geographic is one such source of inspiration, and now you can get a best-of collection in book form that spans over a century. With an essay by Nigel Holmes, charting the evolution of National Geographic over the...

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Dialect book of maps

In 2013, Josh Katz put together a dialect quiz that showed where people talk like you, based on your own vocabulary. Things like coke versus soda. It’s a fine example of how we’re often talking about the same thing but say or express it differently. Speaking American is the book version of the dialect quiz results. It’s a fun coffee/kitchen table book to flip through casually. It’s not just a...

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Dear Data, the book

For a year, Stefanie Posavec and Giorgia Lupi drew data postcards and sent them to each other once a week between New York and London. Each postcard was based on data each collected during the week about their daily lives. The project is called Dear Data. Now it’s a book. Amazon link. Get the paperback version. Tags: book, Giorgia Lupi, postcards, Stefanie Posavec

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Book review: The Truthful Art by Alberto Cairo, and the Enduring Problem of Statistical Illiteracy

I have been looking forward to reading Alberto Cairo’s new book since he started teasing about it last year. I enjoyed his first book, The Functional Art, mostly because we share the desire to bring the design and the analytical schools of data visualization closer together. His new book, The Truthful Art, represents another step in this ambitious project, and I found much to like about it. The Truthful Art...

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Spurious Correlations, the book

Last year Tyler Vigen put together a fun project that found strong correlation between random things, such as divorce rate and cheese consumption or honey production and political action committees. The continuously running script has found over 30,000 ridiculous correlations to date. Now it's a book. It fits well in your hands as you go number two. Tags: book, humor

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Book: Statistics Done Wrong

A while back Alex Reinhart, a statistics instructor and PhD student at Carnegie Mellon University, was working on a guide for doing statistics right. The goal was to teach through anecdotes for statistics done wrong, from statistical significance and p-values to regression and confounding factors. Statistics Done Wrong is a book now. If you analyze data with any regularity but aren't sure if you're doing it correctly, get this book....

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The Elements of Data Analytic Style

The Elements of Data Analytic Style by John Hopkins biostatistics professor Jeff Leek is a non-technical guide to the stuff they don't always cover in Stat 101, and it's priced as pay-what-you-want. In short, it tells you how to be a good data analyst. I just started flipping through it, and the text is straightforward with a lot of practical advice, based on experience. It takes you from tidying your...

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