Analytics magazines: Please lead the way for effective data presentation

Professional “analytics” associations such INFORMS, the American Statistical Association, and the Royal Statistical Society, have been launching new magazines intended for broader, non-academic audiences that are involved or interested in data analytics. Several of these magazines are aesthetically beautiful with plenty of interesting articles about applications of data analysis and their impact on daily life, society, and more. Significance magazine and Analytics magazine are two examples. The next step is for these magazines to implement what we preach regarding data presentation: use effective visualizations. In particular, the online versions can include interactive dashboards! If the New York Times and Washington Post can … Continue reading Analytics magazines: Please lead the way for effective data presentation

Analytics: You want to be in Asia

Business Intelligence and Data Mining have become hot buzzwords in the West. Using Google Insights for Search to “see what the world is searching for” (see image below), we can see that the popularity of these two terms seems to have stabilized (if you expand the search to 2007 or earlier, you will see the earlier peak and also that Data Mining was hotter for a while). Click on the image to get to the actual result, with which you can interact directly. There are two very interesting insights from this search result: Looking at the “Regional Interest” for these terms, we see that … Continue reading Analytics: You want to be in Asia

The Riverplot: Visualizing distributions over time

The boxplot is one of the neatest visualizations for examining the distribution of values, or for comparing distribtions. It is more compact than a histogram in that it only presents the median, the two quartiles, the range of the data, and outliers. It also requires less user input than a histogram (where the user usually has to determine the number of bins). I view the boxplot and histogram as complements, and examining both is good practice. But how can you visualize a distribution of values over time? Well, a series of boxplots often does the trick. But if the frequency … Continue reading The Riverplot: Visualizing distributions over time