Wayne Oldford, a statistics professor at the University of Waterloo, explains risk in the context of daily life at the individual level, because “one in a million” is not especially intuitive: A few years ago, I was the “go to guy” at the University of Waterloo, asked to speak to local media, whenever a lottery jackpot got stupendously large (and the news cycle got exceedingly slow). My purpose was to...
Welcome to issue #179 of The Process, the newsletter for FlowingData members that looks closer at how the charts get made. I’m Nathan Yau, and this week I’m thinking about the uncertainty and messiness of data and how we connect back to the real world. Become a member for access to this — plus tutorials, courses, and guides.
The data might exist on a single page or in a single file, but there's always more to it. Take a step outside for a better view. Read More
Hi, Data represents the real world, and visualization represents data. But sometimes data… Read More
When it comes to meaningful visualization, context is everything. Richard Brath, at the 2018 Information+ Conference, looks back on historical visualization approaches and how they might be applied today to make data graphics easier to read and use. Tags: context, Richard Brath, talk
Got a chuckle out of me: Me explaining why standardizing your variables is important: pic.twitter.com/mQKj0nEJ0G — Chelsea Parlett Pelleriti (@ChelseaParlett) June 12, 2019 Tags: context, humor
In this guide, I look maybe a little too closely at how to adjust axis labels for more readable charts. Read More
Jen Luker noted, “As amazing as @github is, it is a tool designed to track code, not people. I’m sharing my annotated GitHub history to show you what it can’t tell you about a developer.” As amazing as @github is, it is a tool designed to track code, not people. I'm sharing my annotated GitHub history to show you what it can't tell you about a developer. pic.twitter.com/b94kYqQHaZ — Jen...
Context makes data useful. Without it, it’s easy to get lost in numbers that mean little, but finding the context of data isn’t especially straightforward. Catherine D’Ignazio explains why it’s so hard and what data journalists (or anyone trying to understand data) can do about it: First of all, data are typically collected by institutions for internal purposes and they’re not intended to be used by others. As veteran data...