exploration

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Making useless things

Simone Giertz, bringer of joy and self-described expert in shitty robots, makes machines that succeed in failing. In her TED talk, Giertz talks about her path from “useless” things to expert. It’s all the more relevant after she found out she has a brain tumor. Giertz’ talk resonates a lot. During the early years of FlowingData, when there was a comment section on every post, graphics I made would occasionally...

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Data exploration banned

Statistician John Tukey, who coined Exploratory Data Analysis, talked a lot about using visualization to find meaning in your data. You don’t always know what you’re looking, so you explore it visually. Etyn Adar, who teaches information visualization at the University of Michigan, makes a good case for banning the phrase in his students’ project proposals. For all the clever names he created for things (software, bit, cepstrum, quefrency) what’s...

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Automatic charts and insights in Google Sheets

So you have your data neat and tidy in a single spreadsheet, and it's finally time to explore. There's a problem though. Maybe you don't know what to look for or where to start. Maybe you're not in the mood for a trip to clicksville to make all those charts. With a new exploration tab, Google Sheets might be a good place to start. Open the spreadsheet in the browser...

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