Tag Archives: data visualization

data viz tools & libraries

Data visualization tools. Javascript parsers, vector drawings, etc. D3 (javascript, SVG, CSS) raphaeljs (vector drawing) jQuery sparklines sparklines in d3 Other protovis (javascript) http://www.clips.ua.ac.be/pages/pattern http://polychart.com/ http://sixrevisions.com/javascript/20-fresh-javascript-data-visualization-libraries/ Prefuse – General InfoVis Toolkit (java) by Jeffrey Heer InfoVis Toolkit – General Toolkit by Jean-Daniel Fekete NodeBox – … Continue reading

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Visualizing Bankruptcy at the Library

Bankruptcy by the Books: Visualizing Bankruptcy at the Seattle Public Library Between 2005 and 2010, use of the Seattle Public Library and guide books on personal law and bankruptcy reflect the financial instability and crisis throughout the United States. Do … Continue reading

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divided edge bundling

Divided Edge Bundling is a technique that takes a node-link graph diagram and visually simplifies it without the viewer losing the ability to identify directional patterns. http://selassid.github.com/DividedEdgeBundling/

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Cinemetrics is about measuring and visualizing movie data, in order to reveal the characteristics of films and to create a visual “fingerprint” for them. Information such as the editing structure, color, speech or motion are extracted, analyzed and transformed into … Continue reading

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Étienne-Jules Marey, chronophotographer extraordinaire. More information.

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Digging for Bankruptcy

I’m digging through historical records from the Seattle Public Library for information that reflects the financial crisis. It’s an exercise to learn about data mining and mySQL databases, but also a fascinating look at tiny footprints left behind during a … Continue reading

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Frameworks for Data Visualizations

Reflections – 3 readings on Data Visualizations The Eyes Have It – Ben Shneiderman Schneider provides a good framework to consider while creating a visualization. While the terms are more dry and mechanical than the visualizations we hope to make, … Continue reading

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7 Stages to Visualizing Data

Notes from Chapter 1 of Visualizing Data by Ben Fry “We don’t view books as long abstract sequences of words, yet when it comes to information, we’re often so taken with the enormity of the information and the low-level abstractions … Continue reading

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Daily Data Renaissance

Accorinding to Richard Saul Wurman‘s Information Anxiety, The New York Times on an average Sunday contains more information than a Renaissance-era person had access to in his entire lifetime. He may base this on a narrow view of what constitutes information, … Continue reading

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Data browsing, history, and user experience

Data visualizations and browsers are usually organized around the problems users are trying to solve and tasks they wish to perform. More technically speaking, these require one or a combination of seven data-types: 1-, 2-, 3-dimensional data, temporal and multi-dimensional data, and … Continue reading

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Engineers prefer pure signal while artists are more interested in noise. Noise increases the complexity of communication. Noise requires a more finely tuned receiver. This necessity can ultimately (and paradoxically) improve communication.

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Breadth of Data Visualization

According to Legrady, visualizations must balance: poetic « » pragmatic utilitarian « » sublime pragmatic « » pure aesthetics

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What do we represent?

AJ Ayer proposes that all communication involves some mix of the following: synthetic – we synthesize some knowledge about the world subjective – we make a statement that is evaluative, and expressive of a feeling, but not about the world. “i’m fine” … Continue reading

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Catalog Tree

Firm that does data visualization, including for the NY Times. www.catalogtree.net/projects/infographic

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Self-organizing map

Kohonen self-organizing algorithm: wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-organizing_map

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