John Tukey

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Exploring data to form better questions

Feeding off the words of John Tukey, Roger Peng proposes a search for better questions in analysis: The goal in this picture is to get to the upper right corner, where you have a high quality question and very strong evidence. In my experience, most people assume that they are starting in the bottom right corner, where the quality of the question is at its highest. In that case, the...

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✚ Forcing You to See the Data

John Tukey wrote, "The greatest value of a picture is when it forces us to notice what we never expected to see." Not everyone wants to see though. Read More

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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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Not just one chart

There is no more reason to expect one graph to "tell all" than to expect one number to do the same. —John Tukey, Exploratory Data Analysis, 1977. Tags: John Tukey

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