Archive for the ‘References’ Category

Thinking Statistics – Visually

I found this on the infoaesthetics blog. There is one slide in the presentation that made me think: I got the impression that this quote from Herbert George Wells – more known for his science fiction literature – suffers badly when modified this way. Statistical thinking – from my point of view – means the ability […]

Chicken and Egg Problem: Follow Up

After getting the data together which was used to generate the visualization criticized in this post, it is just fair to prepare a better version. Tom Carden already showed some quick graphs which improve the initial “pie chart“. Note that I only show the 7 most relevant diseases and grouped the rest into one group […]

The Good and the Bad: chicken and egg problem

Robert has a very long and profound post on this chart: The whole interactive thing can be found here on the GE site. It seems to be a bit of a provocation that Ben Fry’s company uses a tattered pie chart to visualize the data, which is definitely better visualized in a line-chart (i.e., a […]

Don’t call me “Marimekko”

This post on Junk Charts caught my attention. It is the mosaic plot version of the greenhouse gas chart which was initially a pie chart. This is maybe one of the best counter examples for mosaic plots. It is not hard to explain why a “traditional” mosaic plot completely fails to visualize this kind of […]

Different Disciplines – Same Problem?!

As I know from past experience, statisticians usually don’t read what computer scientists do and vice versa. Thus I have good reason to assume that the two posts came up independently: Andrew Gelman’s Blog: What’s better than R for exploratory data plots? Robert Kosara’s EagerEyes: Where are the Visualization Tools? Both are looking for good […]

R vs. SAS

Everything started with the article in the NYT talking about R – and of course – did mention SAS. Andrew Gelman picked up the article and posted his take on the matter. Maybe it are sentences like Andrew’s “And it’s good to hear that SAS is in trouble” and Anne H. Milley, director of technology product marketing […]

Great Movie about a Design Classics

Don’t miss this great 25min documentary on the London tube map. You find it at information aesthetics. There is one central sentence by Milton Glaser I like most: “…. All design basically is a strange combination of the intelligence and the intuition, where the intelligence only takes you so far and than your intuition has […]

Bill Gates and the User Interface Experience

Matt pointed me to this nice report on Bill Gates trying to download one of “his” products. Here is the e-mail, he sent to some of his staff. Make sure not to miss the performance from Dave Ross of KIRO-AM/710 when reading this e-mail – very nice. I wish this Bill Gates would have been […]

Communities of Interest …

… is the name for subgraphs of a large network (e.g. telephone calls) which have certain target properties. Chris Volinsky has a very nice page, which allows to look for subgraphs that connect authors by papers in computer science journals (based on DBLP) or actors connected by movies (based on IMDB). Here is the proximity […]

MS Chart Junk

For those of you who do not stop by at JunkCharts regularly, here is what John S. found: Probably one of the best example of “featurism”; computer scientists set free with no idea of application …

R Graph Gallery

There is a gallery of R graphics at The nice thing of this gallery is that you can get the sources of all examples, so this can be a good starting point for your own custom graphics in R. There is a similar page – not so sleek – at which is a […]