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I present today, but I lost my voice! What do I do? [Guest post by Isaac D. Castillo]

I present today, but I lost my voice! What do I do? [Guest post by Isaac D. Castillo]

You’ve taken great care to visualize your data and prep for your big conference presentation… until disaster strikes. Get back in the game with today’s post from Isaac Castillo. –Ann   I present today, but I lost my voice! What do I do? By Isaac…

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This is What Equidistant Axis Labels Look Like

This is What Equidistant Axis Labels Look Like

Let’s pretend you’re tracking whether friendly reminder messages bring in more responses to your survey. Can you spot the fatal flaw? See it? Go check out the x-axis. Where the heck are Days 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, and 20? (This is where you…

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6 Ideas for Displaying Qualitative Data

6 Ideas for Displaying Qualitative Data

I used to conduct qualitative-heavy research projects pretty much all day every day. Key informant interviews, bellwether interviews, document review, focus groups, you name it… …so I know from personal experience that 99.9% of qualitative reports look like this: Which is fine, unless you want someone…

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How Data Visualization Supports Decision Making

How Data Visualization Supports Decision Making

The only thing I love more than analyzing research data is analyzing personal finance data. In both cases, simple descriptive statistics and basic charts can shine a spotlight on interesting patterns and help people choose their course of action. Not too long ago, a friend…

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The best thing I’ve ever written about, and At-a-Glance Patterns with Area Charts

The best thing I’ve ever written about, and At-a-Glance Patterns with Area Charts

First, the best thing I’ve ever written about:   Ann K. Emery: Independent consultant!   I’m taking my data visualization and data analysis interests to the next level. Life is short; spend it well. My goal: To equip you to collect, analyze, and visualize your own…

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From Data Table to Small Multiples in Under 5 Minutes

From Data Table to Small Multiples in Under 5 Minutes

When social scientists like me have lots of data, we tend to put it in tables. There’s nothing wrong with tables. They contain infinite details within a finite and teeny space, and they give the reader freedom to draw his or her own conclusions about which details…

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How to Present Data When You’re Presenting: Storyboarding Your Data Visualizations in Videos, Webinars, Presentations, and More

How to Present Data When You’re Presenting: Storyboarding Your Data Visualizations in Videos, Webinars, Presentations, and More

I remember the exact moment when I discovered–and got addicted to–data visualization. I was an internal evaluator at a 300-person human services organization. Being an internal evaluator means your “clients” are your coworkers who work down the hall from you. You talk to each other about…

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