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Trends in partisanship by state

January 24, 2011 | 0 Comments

Matthew Yglesias discusses how West Virginia used to be a Democratic state but is now solidly Republican. I thought it would be helpful to expand this to look at trends since 1948 (rather than just 1988) and all 50 states... [Read more...]

Cursed numbers ?

January 11, 2011 | 0 Comments

In Lost, Hugo “Hurley” Reyes played the numbers 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42 at the lottery, and ended up winning the $114-million jackpot. And over the ensuing weeks, everyone around him seems to suffer increasingly bad luck: Hurley’s grandfathe...
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World Economic Forum Data Visualization Challenge

October 28, 2010 | 0 Comments

Jaidev Deshpande writes: The World Economic Forum recently posed a data visualization problem. The dataset is a survey of experts from the so called "Agenda Councils" of the WEF. Here are the details. The dataset primarily contains the experts... [Read more...]

A use for tables (really)

October 27, 2010 | 0 Comments

After our recent discussion of semigraphic displays, Jay Ulfelder sent along a semigraphic table from his recent book. He notes, "When countries are the units of analysis, it's nice that you can use three-letter codes, so all the proper names.... [Read more...]

A data visualization manifesto

May 31, 2010 | 0 Comments

Details matter (at least, they do for me), but we don't yet have a systematic way of going back and forth between the structure of a graph, its details, and the underlying questions that motivate our visualizations. (Cleveland, Wilkinson, and.... [Read more...]

Some sort of update to ggplot2

November 22, 2009 | 0 Comments

Jeroen Ooms writes: Here's a first version of a new web application for exploratory graphical analysis. It attempts to implement the layered graphics from the R package ggplot2 in a user-friendly way. This two-minute demo video demonstrates a ... [Read more...]

What’s better than R for exploratory data plots?

April 13, 2009 | 0 Comments

I use R for just about everything, including exploratory data analysis and graphics. The only other package with which I have any familiarity is Mathematica. I've been generally satisfied with R graphics, although there are things that I alway... [Read more...]

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