Six Data Visualization Short Stories


Like a vast majority on planet Earth, I love data visualizations. Ok, so perhaps as the author of two bestselling books on analytics I love it a little bit more! There is something magical about taking an incredible amount of complexity and presenting it as simply as we possibly can with the goal of letting the cogently presented insight drive action. Magical. A day-to-day manifestation of this love is on my Google+ or Facebook profiles where 75% of my posts are related to my quick analysis and learnings from a visualization. Be it looking at 1.1 million FCC net neutrality comments, things people around the world identify as their biggest threat, water consumption of a burger patty vs. daily cooking, the religious gap on spanking children, or a simple graph that rises profound questions about where we donate vs. diseases that kill us. Data visualized is data understood. Better. Faster. More useful. It delivers world peace! I’m exaggerating a tiny bit. (As is clear from the discussion on the preference of guns over knowledge in 37 US states. But at least we’re talking.) In this post, I want to share some examples of data visualization I was excited about recently.

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