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Visualize This

By : Nathan Yau‚ÄØ
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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)

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Telling Stories with Data

More Than Numbers

What to Look For


Wrapping Up

Chapter 2: Handling Data

Gather Data

Formatting Data

Wrapping Up

Chapter 3: Choosing Tools to Visualize Data

Out-of-the-Box Visualization




Survey Your Options

Wrapping Up

Chapter 4: Visualizing Patterns over Time

What to Look for over Time

Discrete Points in Time

Continuous Data

Wrapping Up

Chapter 5: Visualizing Proportions

What to Look for in Proportions

Parts of a Whole

Proportions over Time

Wrapping Up

Chapter 6: Visualizing Relationships

What Relationships to Look For




Wrapping Up

Chapter 7: Spotting Differences

What to Look For

Comparing across Multiple Variables

Reducing Dimensions

Searching for Outliers

Wrapping Up

Chapter 8: Visualizing Spatial Relationships

What to Look For

Specific Locations


Over Space and Time

Wrapping Up

Chapter 9: Designing with a Purpose

Prepare Yourself

Prepare Your...