Draw a Picture? (or, Check out this data on metal bands)

What is the first thing you should do when you encounter a mess of data?this is legit.

Draw a….what? (It’s in your notes…)

Draw a PICTURE. A distribution. A graph.
LOOK AT IT.

But statistics doesn’t just revolve around histograms, boxplots and scatterplots. Statisticians have (marginally) grown personalities over the years and realize non-statisticians need something tangible to understand data trends. Enter: Nathan Yau of FlowingData.com, a PhD candidate in statistics who makes use of his background in computer science to explore and visualize data.

Since the word “data” sounds so dull…like “widgets” in economics…let’s look at a few examples Yau took from reality:

Evidence of “data-visualization” tools is very commonplace these days and you’ll find that many popular websites mix humor and/or pop-culture into their infographics (The Onion has been doing it for years). 

More:
Time Travel in Popular Film and TV
Movie Monster Comparison Chart

OR Make your own at Graphjam.com

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Anna Foard

Former math and statistics teacher. Current statistical analyst, data visualization enthusiast, business development specialist at Velocity Group in Atlanta.

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