Data Visualization

5月 112016
 

I'll be leading a pre-conference tutorial on Graph Builder at this year's Discovery Summit conference in Cary. We'll start with the basics and then walk through more advanced ways to create effective visualizations. We did a similar tutorial this spring in Amsterdam, and materials from that course are posted in the JMP […]

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4月 262016
 

SAS Global ForumWhen was the last time an informational graph or chart caught your eye? I mean, really caught your eye in a way that made you want to emblazon it on a greeting card or frame it for your office?

What’s that…never?

Me neither, until I had the opportunity to see some of the striking visuals and graphics by David McCandless and hear about the thought and passion that goes into his work as a data journalist. McCandless, the author of Knowledge is Beautiful, was a keynote speaker at SAS® Global Forum April 21, an event traditionally focused on the more technical and logistical aspects of analyzing data.

I’m not exaggerating when I say that I was moved by the informative digital images displayed across the conference venue jumbo screens the way some might be moved by a famous painting or sculpture. They revealed depth of understanding and presented analytical findings in such unexpected ways through story, shape, color and connection.

They were beautiful, indeed. But McCandless was quick to point out that it’s important that data visualization transcends aesthetic beauty and aids comprehension

That’s important when you’re faced with billions of numbers and facts. “Images allow us to see something important in a sea of data,” he said. “They tell a story.”

McCandless says the story often lies not in the data points themselves but in the gaps and modulations. “When you visualize data this way, you have a different relationship with it,” he said. “To be able to see it, see the data, helps us understand.”

Many in the analytics world have heard the phrase that data is the new oil, the new fuel to power and motivate business. But McCandless offered a twist on the modern day buzz phrase. “I like to think of data as the new soil,” he said. “Get in and get your hands dirty.” What is revealed could take root and flourish in ways you never imagined.

McCandless also encouraged attendees to give themselves the gift of time and spontaneity when digging into data. “Eject a little play and you may get unexpected results,” he said. He shared visuals created around his own areas of interest, images crafted just for fun, ranging from based-on-truth movies to more than 80 thousand horoscopes. Playing with data is a great way to learn techniques, stretch the imagination, and reveal more memorable ways of sharing business data.

The visual graphics you create may not find a spot above the living room couch, but if they hang in the minds of decision-makers and compel those who rely upon your analysis to change the way they see things, I think McCandless would agree: That is a beautiful thing.

View the full keynote presentation (and catch a glimpse of some of those stunning graphics) on the livestream archive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tags: data visualization, SAS Global Forum

Data is the new soil; get your hands dirty was published on SAS Users.

4月 212016
 

In consulting with companies about building models with their data, I always talk to them about how their data may differentiate itself over time. For instance, are there seasons in which you might expect a rise in flu cases per day, or is  there an economic environment in which you […]

The post Using data visualization to explore the eras of baseball appeared first on JMP Blog.

4月 112016
 

I used JMP to explore a recent FAA drone data set, inspired by a weekly data visualization challenge called 52Vis. The data set contains "reports of unmanned aircraft (UAS) sightings from pilots, citizens and law enforcement." I decided to focus on exploring the time data. I'll describe how I prepared the time […]

The post Visualizing data quality with FAA drone data appeared first on JMP Blog.

4月 072016
 

For thousands of years, the human experience has been recorded by storytellers. Stories tell the tale of our lives: beginning, middle and end. Stories document the triumphs and tragedies of heroes and villains and everything in between. Human beings are storytellers -- it's a trait as uniquely human as an […]

Data science: Storytelling in the 21st century was published on SAS Voices.

3月 232016
 

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then visualizing data in Hadoop would be like a billion. Over the last few years, organizations have rushed to leverage the low-cost distributed computing and storage power of Hadoop clusters. As Hadoop environments mature and move away from their initial focus of […]

Your Hadoop data visualization questions answered here and at #StrataHadoop was published on SAS Voices.

3月 082016
 

Pi Day (3/14) is next week, and once again, we are encouraging everyone in the data visualization community to use this day as motivation to help clean up ineffective pie charts within their organization or in public spaces like Wikipedia. I think there is still a mindset outside of our community that a pie […]

The post Progress on #OneLessPie appeared first on JMP Blog.

2月 222016
 

On the next Analytically Speaking, we’ll hear from Xan Gregg, JMP Director of R&D and the creator of the drag-and-drop Graph Builder. Here is a preview of what he’ll discuss. Tune in Wednesday, March 16, at 1 pm ET to hear the rest. Q: Tell us about the importance of […]

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2月 052016
 

Gerhard Svolba is a colleague at SAS who is not only an experienced analyst and a caring father, but also an author for SAS Press and an enthusiastic sailor. He has done valuable research about detecting data quality problems and their consequences for data analysis. As a statistician, I’m well […]

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