lunch talk

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Constructing charts and graphs

Jeffrey Heer, a computer science professor at the University of Washington, provides an overview of building charts for analysis and exploration. It’s an iterative process between acquisition, cleaning, integration, visualization, modeling, presentation, and dissemination. [via @albertocairo] Tags: components, Jeffrey Heer, lunch talk

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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 with the feels

Data can be fact and analytical. It can help you make objective decisions. Data can also evoke the feels, helping you understand and relate to something that used to be foreign. Lisa Charlotte Rost, currently a Knight-Mozilla OpenNews fellow at NPR, makes the case in this talk. Tags: empathy, lunch talk

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R in the data journalism workflow at FiveThirtyEight

R has found its way into a good number of news groups who do data journalism. Andrew Flowers for FiveThirtyEight talks about how they use the statistical computing language throughout their workflow. R is used in every step of the data journalism process: for cleaning and processing data, for exploratory graphing and statistical analysis, for models deploying in real time as and to create publishable data visualizations. We write R...

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OpenVis Conf talks all online

If you’re looking for a knowledge bomb during your lunch breaks, the OpenVis Conf talks from this year are all online. Naturally, you can sift through the talks with a visual interface that gives you a good idea of what each talk is about before you get into it. Nice. Tags: lunch talk, OpenVis

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Working with R at the New York Times

Amanda Cox from the New York Times was on the Data Stories podcast. You should listen. She talks about how she uses R, workflow at the New York Times, and some of her favorite projects. I listened while picking up my son from daycare. I hope some of it seeps into his consciousness through osmosis. One note. In the beginning Amanda talks a little bit about how she got started....

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R is quirky, flawed, and an enormous success

Most people who use R on the regular learned the language in the context of a subject outside of programming. They learned R as they learned statistical methods, or they picked up bits of R as they learned about visualization. However, if you learn R purely as just a language — without the domain-specificity — or you already program in a different language, R might seem strange at times. In...

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Power of the reveal

Hannah Fairfield, who does graphics at the New York Times, talks about using visualization to show specific narratives. Something more than just "here's some data." Tags: Hannah Fairfield, lunch talk

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Why exploring big data is hard

The talks from OpenVisConf 2015 went up, so I'm slowly making my way through. In this one Danyel Fisher from Microsoft Research talks about the challenges of working with data that doesn't quite fit into your standard CSV data model. The visualization has to account for the mess. Tags: big data, lunch talk

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Why exploring big data is hard

The talks from OpenVisConf 2015 went up, so I'm slowly making my way through. In this one Danyel Fisher from Microsoft Research talks about the challenges of working with data that doesn't quite fit into your standard CSV data model. The visualization has to account for the mess. Tags: big data, lunch talk

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