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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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=vlookup(): One Excel function to rule them all

=vlookup(): One Excel function to rule them all

I’m celebrating 100,000 YouTube views with an article on my favorite spreadsheet function: vlookup! Vlookup is for merging and combining datasets, like when you’ve got program participants’ demographic data in one place and their scores or outcomes in another place. I can’t tell you how many…

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Who knew dataviz could be so easy? [Guest post by Stephen Alexander]

Who knew dataviz could be so easy? [Guest post by Stephen Alexander]

For the record, I had no clue that data visualization could be easy. As someone who’d spent two years working to understand and improve an organizational dashboard (not to mention an evaluation process), perhaps I should have known better. My assumption, for whatever reason, was…

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