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I fully support your views. having worked for gov't statistics for years I find the concept of engaging a mass audience with data entirely ludicrous. IMO public data sites should focus on being machine- and librarian-friendly rather than going after the mythical concerned citizen.
there are many such cons using mobile phones. In a memorable one a few years back in France, a scammer had called hundreds of thousands of phones but ever so briefly that his calls would only register as "missed calls". Out of curiosity, a small portion of those who got such calls did call back, and reached an overcharged number. the rationale of the scammer was that those calls were voluntary, and that the costs to users were so small anyway that no one would bother complaining. Yes, but out of hundreds of thousands victims, you are likely to find a nitpicker who won't tolerate an extra cent on their phone bill. And this is how they eventually got caught.
Hi Kaiser, I'm very happy to read a critique of this paper by you. The thesis of the paper is very appealing to me but I couldn't believe it would be embraced unanimously by the charting community. (see also about your red flag 7 - Is a good chart defined as one that leads readers to retain displayed values? Not in my book. this is key. In some contexts this is the whole purpose of a display. In others, it is completely secondary. this depends on, say, the intended audience, the subject, and the degree of engagement of the reader. so I work at OECD, and in charts that appear in specialized publications which are read by researchers, I advise to remain completely Tufte-compliant with a very clean and sober design. People who find these charts were asking for it. They will spend as much time and energy as they want to understand them. but for charts that appear on leaflets, on the side of our web sites or on posters at our HQs, since they need to conquer the reader's attention, I'm happy if they are a little quirky.
and isn't this one pie saying the opposite of the accompanying text?
Toggle Commented Apr 22, 2010 on Lessons from propaganda at Junk Charts
while I agree with your proposition for this dataset given its structure, I have a problem with the data proper. the question is which is the single best method of discipline. and the answers add up to 100%. but in a real-world situation, parents would talk first, then if ineffective, go for a harsher punishment, then eventually a third one. Apart from the psychotic fringe which doesn't represent 1% of the population, no one would beat their child before talking to them about what they did. another problem with that question is that it really suggests a "good" answer. Parents are tempted to report that they can solve all their problems with talking. now AFAIK parents split into two categories, those who never use physical punishment ever, and those who accept it as a possibility. There is a strong geographic divide between the two (there was a recent post on strange maps about that) If I were to investigate on the subject I would ask questions like "how often do you resort to " + various methods with possible answers including "systematically", "less than once a week", "less than once a month", ..., "never". the shape of the data would be very, very different!
Toggle Commented Apr 20, 2010 on Reader's indigestion at Junk Charts
hello Heloise when you find yourself in such a situation, you may win or lose, but you also have to endure attacks on your reputation, libel and such which can be very hard to deal with. So please accept my support. what you have done will increase the odds that companies behave responsibly. now any CEO who reads the press understands that they are taking a risk if they dismiss a claim from someone no matter how small they are. This is not just about paperchase, or about indie artists. Of course, in many cases, a company can get away with it but they now realize that even a lone individual has the means to unleash a tsunami of bad PR at them if they are wronged. and you didn't even sue! oh, and I really like your designs.
congratulations for your achievement! I'm preordering one right away.
Toggle Commented Feb 11, 2010 on The Book at Junk Charts
we should be the ones to write thank you notes. I was happy to see OECD data in many of your examples! I wish someday OECD will use Presentation Zen principles just as much!
choropleth can certainly be misused. if plotting absolute numbers, the area of a region will have an influence on its perception. but for intensities, ratios, change etc. there is no influence. So for instance, I wouldn't use a choropleth to plot population, but I would for population density, or population growth. Few endorses them, so I'm suprised Tableau wouldn't
Toggle Commented Oct 29, 2009 on Choropleth Maps with Tableau at Clearly and Simply
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whoever comes up with custom country shapes in png post first them here?
Toggle Commented Oct 29, 2009 on Choropleth Maps with Tableau at Clearly and Simply
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