Artist helps scientists visualize data

For the past year or so genetic scientists at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York have been collaborating with a specialist from another universe: Daniel Kohn, a Brooklyn-based painter and conceptual artist. Mr. Kohn has no training in computers or genetics, and he’s not there to conduct art therapy classes. His role…

Why simple statistics can be so very misleading

Anscombe’s quartet was mentioned in a discussion on the Political Methodology listserv, as to what journalists need to know to stop looking like idiots when they report on social science research: Counter to your intuition, all four sets of data have the exact same descriptive and bivariate statistics: Property Value Mean of x in each…

NSA crimes against graphic design

http://www.vox.com/2014/5/13/5713768/glenn-greenwald-reveals-7-new-nsa-crimes-against-graphic-design The first chart is an example of people using 3D bar charts because they think their data are too boring and need dressing up. If that’s the case, delete the chart!

Short guide to graphics and data

Schwabish, Jonathan A. 2014. “An Economist’s Guide to Visualizing Data.” Journal of Economic Perspectives, 28(1): 209-34. Abstract: Once upon a time, a picture was worth a thousand words. But with online news, blogs, and social media, a good picture can now be worth so much more. Economists who want to disseminate their research, both inside and…