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Visualize This

By : Nathan Yau‚ÄØ
Book Image

Visualize This

By: Nathan Yau‚ÄØ

Overview of this book

Visualize This is a guide on how to visualize and tell stories with data, providing practical design tips complemented with step-by-step tutorials. It begins with a description of the huge growth of data and visualization in industry, news, and gov't and opportunities for those who tell stories with data. Logically it moves on to actual stories in data-statistical ones with trends and human stories. the technical part comes up quickly with how to gather, parse and format data with Python, R, Excel, Google docs, and so on, and details tools to visualize data-native graphics for the Web like ActionScript, Flash libraries, PHP, JavaScript, CSS, HTML. Every chapter provides an example as well. Patterns over time and kinds of data charts are followed by proportions, chart types and examples. Next, examples and descriptions of outliers and how to show them, different kinds of maps, how to guide your readers and explain the data "in the visualization". The book ends with a value-add appendix on graphical perception.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)

Wrapping Up

Maps are a tricky visualization type because in addition to your own data, you have to handle the dimension of geography. However, because of how intuitive they are, maps can also be rewarding, both in how you can present data to others and how you can explore your data deeper than you could with a statistical plot.

As seen from the examples in this chapter, there are a lot of possibilities for what you can do with spatial data. With just a few basic skills, you can visualize a lot of datasets and tell all sorts of interesting stories. This is just the tip of the iceberg. I mean, people go to college and beyond to earn degrees in cartography and geography, so you can imagine what else is out there. You can play with cartograms, which size geographic regions according to a metric; add more interaction in Flash; or combine maps with graphs for more detailed and exploratory views of your data.

Online maps have become especially prevalent, and their popularity is only going to...