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Beginner’s guide to visualization literacy

Mikhail Popov, a data scientist at the Wikimedia Foundation, led a workshop on… Tags: learning

Waiting For a Table

A simulation to estimate how long until you are seated at a restaurant. Tags: simulation, waiting

Why line charts are better than area charts

Kaiser Fung (Junkcharts; Principal Analytics Prep) explains why line charts are preferable to area charts, using an example of a Dow Jones index chart.

How Long You’ll Have to Wait at a Restaurant Before You Get a Table

A waiting simulator to take out some of the guesswork. Tags: simulation, waiting

Who’s winning the medal race, depending on how you weight the medals

Every year, we look at the medal counts of each country. Who’s winning?… Tags: Josh Katz, Olympics, Upshot

Upcoming talks and workshops, NYC, Seattle, Philadelphia, St. Louis

The following talks/events are all free and open to the public. If I'm in your neighborhood, please come by and say hi. You can register or learn more about the above talks at the following links: Feb 20, 2018 (tonight,...

This Is What the Race Gap in Academia Looks Like

Data visualization highlights a problematic pattern in fields associated with intrinsic genius -- Read more on

The personal data you generate when you book a flight

Every time we book a flight, a Passenger Name Record is generated and… Tags: privacy, travel

Seasonal relief

Just a map for fun, made without writing any code, which is a nice change of pace. I finally spent a bit of time catching up with the great Daniel Huffman’s excellent tutorial on creating shaded relief maps with Blender. Do try it out if you haven’t; he’s written it up thoroughly and helpfully, showing […]

Mikaela Shiffrin pulling away for gold

Mikaela Shiffrin won her first gold medal in PyeongChang with a fraction of… Tags: New York Times, Olympics, skiing

Please help the Delaware Dept of Education

Kaiser Fung, founder of Junk Charts and Principal Analytics Prep, asks readers to fill out the survey on dashboad design hosted by the Department of Education in Delaware.

Fantasy map generator

This is fun. It’s a fantasy map generator with the following rules: Project… Tags: fantasy, generator

Visual introduction to the Fourier Transform

One of my least favorite electrical engineering courses in college was on signals… Tags: Fourier Transform

Where constituent input ends up

When you have input to send Congress, you have a number of communication… Tags: feedback, flowchart, government

Looking above the waist, dataviz style

Kaiser Fung, founder of Junk Charts blog and Principal Analytics Prep, suggests that the NYU admissions team reports its impressive record of application growth on a line chart instead of a bar chart with the bottoms cut off.

FiveThirtyEight datasets available for download

If you’re looking for some data to play with, FiveThirtyEight just made it… Tags: FiveThirtyEight

Governor of Maine wants a raise

Kaiser Fung, founder of Junk Charts and Principal Analytics Prep, looks at the variance of salaries of state governors, explaining why your dataviz should not be invariant.

Olympian mechanics

Well this is awesome. The New York Times highlighted four olympians with a… Tags: New York Times, Olympics

People font

You know those graphics that use icons of people to represent units or… Tags: font, icons, people

Missing comments

It turns out that Typepad's spam comment software is pretty aggressive, and several legitimate comments have been sitting in the spam folder for quite a while - interestingly, some of my own comments are also predicted to be "spam"! So...

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