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From Data to Argument
Rahul Bhargava
rahulb@mit.edu • @rahulbot
Systemic Justice Project
2017.02.22
Agenda [20] Intro & Collective Crit
[10] A Process
[15] Asking Questions
[10] Finding Stories
[15] Telling Your Story
[15]...
Intro
Group Crit
The Global State of Agriculture
USAID, 2011
Process
Models
The Inverted Pyramid of Data
Journalism
Paul Bradshaw
Models
Infographic Process Wheel
Visualizing Impact
Asking
questions
brainstorming,
hypothesis forming,
audience and goals
Gathering
data
Scraping, collecting,
cleaning
Findi...
Question Asking & Getting Data
Practice Asking Questions Together
the Somerville Tree Census
WTFcsv - learning to asking questions
https://databasic.io/wtfcsv
Come back with:
1 question to ask
list of other datasets...
Finding a Story
Sketching a Story
https://databasic.io/wordcounter
Pick a sample or two
Find a quick story
Sketch how you'd tell that story
Telling Your Story
Choose the Right Chart
Andrew Abela
tools for making charts
does lots of things does one thing
easy to learn
hard to learn
raw
processing
Excel
Tableau
gephi
...
Evaluating Stories
Abelson's MAGIC
Magnitude - size of the claim
Articulation - how precise is your claim
Generality - is it valid in multipl...
Convincing People
Let's practice making
arguments with data to
convince people.
From Data to Argument
Rahul Bhargava
rahulb@mit.edu • @rahulbot
Systemic Justice Project
2017.02.22
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  1. 1. From Data to Argument Rahul Bhargava rahulb@mit.edu • @rahulbot Systemic Justice Project 2017.02.22
  2. 2. Agenda [20] Intro & Collective Crit [10] A Process [15] Asking Questions [10] Finding Stories [15] Telling Your Story [15] Evaluating Stories
  3. 3. Intro
  4. 4. Group Crit The Global State of Agriculture USAID, 2011
  5. 5. Process
  6. 6. Models The Inverted Pyramid of Data Journalism Paul Bradshaw
  7. 7. Models Infographic Process Wheel Visualizing Impact
  8. 8. Asking questions brainstorming, hypothesis forming, audience and goals Gathering data Scraping, collecting, cleaning Finding a story Cleaning and analyzing Telling your story Picking a technique Trying it out Assessment My Model
  9. 9. Question Asking & Getting Data
  10. 10. Practice Asking Questions Together the Somerville Tree Census
  11. 11. WTFcsv - learning to asking questions https://databasic.io/wtfcsv Come back with: 1 question to ask list of other datasets you'd need how you'd try to get those datasets
  12. 12. Finding a Story
  13. 13. Sketching a Story https://databasic.io/wordcounter Pick a sample or two Find a quick story Sketch how you'd tell that story
  14. 14. Telling Your Story
  15. 15. Choose the Right Chart Andrew Abela
  16. 16. tools for making charts does lots of things does one thing easy to learn hard to learn raw processing Excel Tableau gephi D3.js Illustrator infogr.am Comic Life Super Lame skrollr Google Charts
  17. 17. Evaluating Stories
  18. 18. Abelson's MAGIC Magnitude - size of the claim Articulation - how precise is your claim Generality - is it valid in multiple contexts Interestingness - can this change beliefs in a way that matters? Credibility - do you believe it? Robert Abelson. 1995. Making Claims with Statistics. In Statistics as Principled Argument. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1–16. (PDF)
  19. 19. Convincing People Let's practice making arguments with data to convince people.
  20. 20. From Data to Argument Rahul Bhargava rahulb@mit.edu • @rahulbot Systemic Justice Project 2017.02.22
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