Monthly Archives: February 2013

Chart of the Week: Timeline+Segmentation+ Scatterplot

Information-​dense charts show mul­ti­ple rela­tion­ships in data in a sin­gle, chart. They take more time to read/​review, but pro­vide deeper insights. This week’s exam­ple from R.W Brun­skill’Illus­trated Hand­book of Ver­nac­u­lar Archi­tec­ture shows the evo­lu­tion of “ver­nac­u­lar archi­tec­ture”. Ver­nac­u­lar archi­tec­ture ” will have been designed by an ama­teur, prob­a­bly of the occu­pier of the intended building […]

your.Flowing Data: Capturing your life data

New web ser­vice: your.flowingdata enables you to cap­ture events and activ­i­ties in your life, track and visu­al­ize them. The goal is to under­stand life choices bet­ter. It’s an exper­i­men­tal project from Nathan Yao who runs the excel­lent data visu­al­iza­tion site Flow­ing Data . Per­haps there will evolve into a jour­nal sim­i­lar to My Life in […]

Chart of the Week: Visualizing Multi-​select survey questions

Visu­al­iz­ing multi-​select sur­vey ques­tions (where the respon­dents can pro­vide mul­ti­ple answers) is chal­leng­ing to sum­ma­rize since pie charts and 100% bar charts do not work well since the parts can add up to be more than 100%. In the book Pic­tur­ing the Uncer­tain World: How to Under­stand, Com­mu­ni­cate, and Con­trol Uncer­tainty through Graph­i­cal Dis­play, the […]

Book of the Week: The Periodic Table: Its Story and Significance

Orga­niz­ing the chem­i­cal ele­ments into reg­u­larly recur­ing cat­e­gories was a major step in the his­tory of chemisty. The Russ­ian chemist Mendeleev played an impor­tant role in cre­at­ing the mod­ern peri­odic table, and look­ing at how he got there pro­vides some ideas for orga­niz­ing, clas­si­fy­ing, and ana­lyz­ing large data sets. First, the ideas around peri­od­ic­ity evolved […]