Visualizing Data

Author: Ben Fry
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
ISBN: 0596554729
Release Date: 2007-12-18
Genre: Computers

Enormous quantities of data go unused or underused today, simply because people can't visualize the quantities and relationships in it. Using a downloadable programming environment developed by the author, Visualizing Data demonstrates methods for representing data accurately on the Web and elsewhere, complete with user interaction, animation, and more. How do the 3.1 billion A, C, G and T letters of the human genome compare to those of a chimp or a mouse? What do the paths that millions of visitors take through a web site look like? With Visualizing Data, you learn how to answer complex questions like these with thoroughly interactive displays. We're not talking about cookie-cutter charts and graphs. This book teaches you how to design entire interfaces around large, complex data sets with the help of a powerful new design and prototyping tool called "Processing". Used by many researchers and companies to convey specific data in a clear and understandable manner, the Processing beta is available free. With this tool and Visualizing Data as a guide, you'll learn basic visualization principles, how to choose the right kind of display for your purposes, and how to provide interactive features that will bring users to your site over and over. This book teaches you: The seven stages of visualizing data -- acquire, parse, filter, mine, represent, refine, and interact How all data problems begin with a question and end with a narrative construct that provides a clear answer without extraneous details Several example projects with the code to make them work Positive and negative points of each representation discussed. The focus is on customization so that each one best suits what you want to convey about your data set The book does not provide ready-made "visualizations" that can be plugged into any data set. Instead, with chapters divided by types of data rather than types of display, you'll learn how each visualization conveys the unique properties of the data it represents -- why the data was collected, what's interesting about it, and what stories it can tell. Visualizing Data teaches you how to answer questions, not simply display information.

Visualizing Data Patterns with Micromaps

Author: Daniel B. Carr
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 1420075748
Release Date: 2010-04-29
Genre: Mathematics

After more than 15 years of development drawing on research in cognitive psychology, statistical graphics, computer science, and cartography, micromap designs are becoming part of mainstream statistical visualizations. Bringing together the research of two leaders in this field, Visualizing Data Patterns with Micromaps presents the many design variations and applications of micromaps, which link statistical information to an organized set of small maps. This full-color book helps readers simultaneously explore the statistical and geographic patterns in their data. After illustrating the three main types of micromaps, the authors summarize the research behind the design of visualization tools that support exploration and communication of spatial data patterns. They then explain how these research findings can be applied to micromap designs in general and detail the specifics involved with linked, conditioned, and comparative micromap designs. To compare and contrast their purposes, limitations, and strengths, the final chapter applies all three of these techniques to the same demographic data for Louisiana before and after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Supplementary website Offering numerous ancillary features, the book’s website at http://mason.gmu.edu/~dcarr/Micromaps/ provides many boundary files and real data sets that address topics, such species biodiversity and alcoholism. One complete folder of data examples presents cancer statistics, risk factors, and demographic data. The site includes CCmaps, the dynamic implementation of conditioned micromaps written in Java, as well as a link to a generalized micromaps program. It also contains R functions and scripts for linked and comparative micromaps, enabling re-creation of all the corresponding examples in the book.

Visualizing Data with Microsoft Power View SET 2

Author: Brian Larson
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
ISBN: 9780071780834
Release Date: 2012-05-06
Genre: Computers

Reveals how to build rich BI reports with just a few clicks using Crescent, Microsoft’s newest BI tool Technical review by Microsoft’s Crescent team and Foreword by Group Program Manager for Crescent Complete, practical examples are immediately usable to readers in a commercial environment CD-ROM contains 30+ reusable reports, all code samples, and supporting animations that walk thru each example

Visual Intelligence

Author: Mark Stacey
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118417522
Release Date: 2013-04-10
Genre: Computers

Go beyond design concepts and learn to build state-of-the-art visualizations The visualization experts at Microsoft's Pragmatic Works have created a full-color, step-by-step guide to building specific types of visualizations. The book thoroughly covers the Microsoft toolset for data analysis and visualization, including Excel, and explores best practices for choosing a data visualization design, selecting tools from the Microsoft stack, and building a dynamic data visualization from start to finish. You'll examine different types of visualizations, their strengths and weaknesses, and when to use each one. Data visualization tools unlock the stories within the data, enabling you to present it in a way that is useful for making business decisions This full-color guide introduces data visualization design concepts, then explains the various Microsoft tools used to store and display data Features a detailed discussion of various classes of visualizations, their uses, and the appropriate tools for each Includes practical implementations of various visualizations and best practices for using them Covers out-of-the-box Microsoft tools, custom-developed illustrations and implementations, and code examples Visual Intelligence: Microsoft Tools and Techniques for Visualizing Data arms you with best practices and the knowledge to choose and build dynamic data visualizations.

Visualize This

Author: Nathan Yau
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118140260
Release Date: 2011-06-13
Genre: Computers

Practical data design tips from a data visualization expert of the modern age Data doesn?t decrease; it is ever-increasing and can be overwhelming to organize in a way that makes sense to its intended audience. Wouldn?t it be wonderful if we could actually visualize data in such a way that we could maximize its potential and tell a story in a clear, concise manner? Thanks to the creative genius of Nathan Yau, we can. With this full-color book, data visualization guru and author Nathan Yau uses step-by-step tutorials to show you how to visualize and tell stories with data. He explains how to gather, parse, and format data and then design high quality graphics that help you explore and present patterns, outliers, and relationships. Presents a unique approach to visualizing and telling stories with data, from a data visualization expert and the creator of flowingdata.com, Nathan Yau Offers step-by-step tutorials and practical design tips for creating statistical graphics, geographical maps, and information design to find meaning in the numbers Details tools that can be used to visualize data-native graphics for the Web, such as ActionScript, Flash libraries, PHP, and JavaScript and tools to design graphics for print, such as R and Illustrator Contains numerous examples and descriptions of patterns and outliers and explains how to show them Visualize This demonstrates how to explain data visually so that you can present your information in a way that is easy to understand and appealing.

Data Visualization with JavaScript

Author: Stephen A. Thomas
Publisher: No Starch Press
ISBN: 9781593276058
Release Date: 2015-03-23
Genre: Computers

You've got data to communicate. But what kind of visualization do you choose, how do you build it, and how do you ensure that it's up to the demands of the Web? In Data Visualization with JavaScript, you'll learn how to use JavaScript, HTML, and CSS to build the most practical visualizations for your data. Step-by-step examples walk you through creating, integrating, and debugging different types of visualizations and will have you building basic visualizations, like bar, line, and scatter graphs, in no time. Then you'll move on to more advanced topics, including how to: Create tree maps, heat maps, network graphs, word clouds, and timelines Map geographic data, and build sparklines and composite charts Add interactivity and retrieve data with AJAX Manage data in the browser and build data-driven web applications Harness the power of the Flotr2, Flot, Chronoline.js, D3.js, Underscore.js, and Backbone.js libraries If you already know your way around building a web page but aren't quite sure how to build a good visualization, Data Visualization with JavaScript will help you get your feet wet without throwing you into the deep end. Before you know it, you'll be well on your way to creating simple, powerful data visualizations.

Data Visualisation

Author: Andy Kirk
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9781473966307
Release Date: 2016-06-21
Genre: Social Science

Voted one of the 'six best books for data geeks' by The Financial Times. Read the review here. Lecturers, request your electronic inspection copy. Never has it been more essential to work in the world of data. Scholars and students need to be able to analyze, design and curate information into useful tools of communication, insight and understanding. This book is the starting point in learning the process and skills of data visualization, teaching the concepts and skills of how to present data and inspiring effective visual design. Benefits of this book: A flexible step-by-step journey that equips you to achieve great data visualization A curated collection of classic and contemporary examples, giving illustrations of good and bad practice Examples on every page to give creative inspiration Illustrations of good and bad practice show you how to critically evaluate and improve your own work Advice and experience from the best designers in the field Loads of online practical help, checklists, case studies and exercises make this the most comprehensive text available

Visualizing Financial Data

Author: Julie Rodriguez
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118907856
Release Date: 2016-05-02
Genre: Computers

A fresh take on financial data visualization for greater accuracy and understanding Visualizing Financial Data shows you how to design dynamic, best-of-breed visualizations for better communication of financial data. This book provides a comprehensive set of visualizations tailored to the most common requirements for corporate financial reporting, as well as portfolio, mutual fund, and hedge fund management. This highly visual, full color book showcases a series of cases that push data communication conventions forward, demonstrating and contrasting traditional bar, line, and pie charts against more modern visual methods. The companion website features all of the visualizations discussed, and provides the underlying datasets that you can use to practice on your own or customize the visualizations for your own use. Get a fresh take on visualizations and insight you need to communicate financial data better than ever before. Expand the boundaries of data visualization conventions Optimize data communications, understanding, and disclosure Learn new approaches to traditional charts and visualizations Create exemplary visualizations Visualizing Financial Data shows you newer, better ways of communicating the full meaning of the data, to support efficient, timely, and effective decision-making.

Data Visualization

Author: Andy Kirk
Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781849693479
Release Date: 2012-01-01
Genre: Computers

A comprehensive yet quick guide to the best approaches to designing data visualizations, with real examples and illustrative diagrams. Whatever the desired outcome ensure success by following this expert design process. This book is for anyone who has responsibility for, or is interested in trying to find innovative and effective ways to visually analyze and communicate data. There is no skill, no knowledge and no role-based pre-requisites or expectations of anyone reading this book.

Interactive Data Visualization for the Web

Author: Scott Murray
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
ISBN: 9781449340247
Release Date: 2013-03-11
Genre: Computers

Create and publish your own interactive data visualization projects on the Web—even if you have little or no experience with data visualization or web development. It’s easy and fun with this practical, hands-on introduction. Author Scott Murray teaches you the fundamental concepts and methods of D3, a JavaScript library that lets you express data visually in a web browser. Along the way, you’ll expand your web programming skills, using tools such as HTML and JavaScript. This step-by-step guide is ideal whether you’re a designer or visual artist with no programming experience, a reporter exploring the new frontier of data journalism, or anyone who wants to visualize and share data. Learn HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and SVG basics Dynamically generate web page elements from your data—and choose visual encoding rules to style them Create bar charts, scatter plots, pie charts, stacked bar charts, and force-directed layouts Use smooth, animated transitions to show changes in your data Introduce interactivity to help users explore data through different views Create customized geographic maps with data Explore hands-on with downloadable code and over 100 examples

Data Visualization with Python and JavaScript

Author: Kyran Dale
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
ISBN: 9781491920541
Release Date: 2016-06-30
Genre: Computers

Learn how to turn raw data into rich, interactive web visualizations with the powerful combination of Python and JavaScript. With this hands-on guide, author Kyran Dale teaches you how build a basic dataviz toolchain with best-of-breed Python and JavaScript libraries—including Scrapy, Matplotlib, Pandas, Flask, and D3—for crafting engaging, browser-based visualizations. As a working example, throughout the book Dale walks you through transforming Wikipedia’s table-based list of Nobel Prize winners into an interactive visualization. You’ll examine steps along the entire toolchain, from scraping, cleaning, exploring, and delivering data to building the visualization with JavaScript’s D3 library. If you’re ready to create your own web-based data visualizations—and know either Python or JavaScript— this is the book for you. Learn how to manipulate data with Python Understand the commonalities between Python and JavaScript Extract information from websites by using Python’s web-scraping tools, BeautifulSoup and Scrapy Clean and explore data with Python’s Pandas, Matplotlib, and Numpy libraries Serve data and create RESTful web APIs with Python’s Flask framework Create engaging, interactive web visualizations with JavaScript’s D3 library

R Graphics Cookbook

Author: Winston Chang
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
ISBN: 9781449363116
Release Date: 2012-12-06
Genre: Computers

This practical guide provides more than 150 recipes to help you generate high-quality graphs quickly, without having to comb through all the details of R’s graphing systems. Each recipe tackles a specific problem with a solution you can apply to your own project, and includes a discussion of how and why the recipe works. Most of the recipes use the ggplot2 package, a powerful and flexible way to make graphs in R. If you have a basic understanding of the R language, you’re ready to get started. Use R’s default graphics for quick exploration of data Create a variety of bar graphs, line graphs, and scatter plots Summarize data distributions with histograms, density curves, box plots, and other examples Provide annotations to help viewers interpret data Control the overall appearance of graphics Render data groups alongside each other for easy comparison Use colors in plots Create network graphs, heat maps, and 3D scatter plots Structure data for graphing

Storytelling with Data

Author: Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781119002253
Release Date: 2015-10-26
Genre: Business & Economics

Don't simply show your data—tell a story with it! Storytelling with Data teaches you the fundamentals of data visualization and how to communicate effectively with data. You'll discover the power of storytelling and the way to make data a pivotal point in your story. The lessons in this illuminative text are grounded in theory, but made accessible through numerous real-world examples—ready for immediate application to your next graph or presentation. Storytelling is not an inherent skill, especially when it comes to data visualization, and the tools at our disposal don't make it any easier. This book demonstrates how to go beyond conventional tools to reach the root of your data, and how to use your data to create an engaging, informative, compelling story. Specifically, you'll learn how to: Understand the importance of context and audience Determine the appropriate type of graph for your situation Recognize and eliminate the clutter clouding your information Direct your audience's attention to the most important parts of your data Think like a designer and utilize concepts of design in data visualization Leverage the power of storytelling to help your message resonate with your audience Together, the lessons in this book will help you turn your data into high impact visual stories that stick with your audience. Rid your world of ineffective graphs, one exploding 3D pie chart at a time. There is a story in your data—Storytelling with Data will give you the skills and power to tell it!