(PRWEB) July 15, 2011
Data is ever-increasing and can be overwhelming to organize in a way that makes sense to its audience. To mean anything, it must be presented in a way that enables people to interpret, analyze, and apply the information, and one of the best ways to do that is visually. The New York Times, for example, designs data graphics that allows readers to see what the data has to say and explore the data themselves. Now, Nathan Yau, a pioneer of this innovative approach, has written VISUALIZE THIS: The FlowingData Guide to Design, Visualization and Statistics (Wiley; $39.99; July 2011; ISBN: 9780470944882) to offer readers dozens of ideas for telling a story with their own data presented in creative, visual ways.
- Present data with visual representations that allow the audience to see the unexpected
- Find the stories data can tell
- Explore different data sources and determine effective formats for presentation
- Experiment with and compare different visualization tools
- Look for trends and patterns in data and select appropriate ways to chart them
- Establish clear goals to guide visualizations
Complete with a companion web site at http://www.wiley.com/go/visualizethis, it provides code samples, data files, and interactive examples to reveal how visualization works. VISUALIZE THIS demonstrates how to explain data visually so that readers can present information in a way that is easy to understand and is appealing to viewers. Inside the book, professionals will discover an almost endless variety of ways to give data new dimensions.
About the Author:
Nathan Yau is a PhD candidate in Statistics at UCLA and a lifelong data junkie. His goal is to make data available and useful to those who aren't necessarily data experts, and he focuses on data visualization and personal data collection. You can follow his visualization experiments at http://flowingdata.com.
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