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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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From Data Table to Small Multiples in Under Five Minutes

From Data Table to Small Multiples in Under Five 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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Who Knew Data Visualization Could Be So Easy?

Who Knew Data Visualization Could Be So Easy?

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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Avoiding Diagonal Text in Your Charts

Avoiding Diagonal Text in Your Charts

I’ve been building portfolios of my work for a while. Over the past year or so I’ve been building an online portfolio of speaking and writing engagements. Before that, I collected paper copies of reports I worked on: Before The great sobering thing about portfolios is that you…

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The Data Visualization Design Process: Seven Steps for Beginners

The Data Visualization Design Process: Seven Steps for Beginners

Does data visualization leave you feeling like this? If so, this beginner-level post is for you!   Data visualization requires two skill sets: technical skills to create visualizations in a software program and critical thinking skills to match your visualization to your audience’s information needs,…

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