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Fundamental Ways We Use Data Visualizations

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The fundamental ways we use data visualizations effectively (with examples).

The fundamental ways we use data visualizations effectively (with examples).


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  • 1. fundamental ways we use Visualizations Data the
  • 2. the human is brain amazing
  • 3. especially at and recognizing shapes patterns
  • 4. the connection the eye between and brain ... fast
  • 5. the brain receives Mb/s 8.96 megabits of data8.96 from the eye every second Koch, K., (2006). How Much the Eye Tells the Brain. Current Biology, 16(14), 1428-1434 Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960982206016393
  • 6. the speed of sight 8.96Mb/s
  • 7. the average person comprehends 120 wordsper minute reading
  • 8. that is equivalent to b/s 81.6 bits of data81.6 per second
  • 9. let’s compare reading comprehension speed visual comprehension speed *not close to fitting on this chart
  • 10. we are not wired to read fast
  • 11. we are wired to visualize fast
  • 12. data visualizations when used can be Awesome right way Tools the
  • 13. there are five we use fundamental ways data visualizations 5effectively
  • 14. Bike Rides and Running Routes Heat Map from Strava Labs Retrieved from http://labs.strava.com/heatmap/#6/-83.63437/39.30140/blue/both 1To analyze
  • 15. charts bar graphs Line graphs Bullet maps Heat lines spark plots Box plots scatter maps Tree
  • 16. these tools help us trendssee anomalies correlations patterns
  • 17. Waves Interactive Data Visualization From Initial State Retrieved from https://initialstate.com/Tools/Waves
  • 18. and make decisions
  • 19. Student Performance Dashboard by Stephen Few Retrieved from http://www.perceptualedge.com/blog/?p=1466 a well-designed dashboardallows you to Analyzemassive datasets At-a-glance
  • 20. Student Performance Dashboard by Stephen Few Retrieved from http://www.perceptualedge.com/blog/?p=1466
  • 21. 2To discover
  • 22. if you need to find something buried inside data points1,000,000
  • 23. would you rather reador 1,000,000 data points See ?
  • 24. what if you don’t know exactly what it is you are even looking for?
  • 25. you can’t build a dashboard for that!
  • 26. interactive data visualizations Lines Interactive Data Visualization From Initial State Retrieved from https://initialstate.com/Tools/Lines let you mine data to discover information
  • 27. 3To Support A Story
  • 28. the right data visualization can contextprovide engagethe audience emphasizekey points
  • 29. great speakers use visuals to make their memorable story
  • 30. 4To Tell A Story By Itself
  • 31. sometimes story the data visualization is the ... a story without a sentence
  • 32. Brazil World Cup 2014: Who’s Your Pick? by InfographicBox IDS Retrieved from http://visual.ly/brazil-world-cup-2014-who’s-your-pick
  • 33. 5To teach
  • 34. our brains perform and more efficiently more information is retained when we learn from visuals
  • 35. to analyze to discover to support a story to tell a story to teach 1 2 3 4 5 the fundamental ways we use data visualizations
  • 36. https://www.initialstate.com we build data visualizations for product debug