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Main Title The truthful art : data, charts, and maps for communication /
Author Cairo, Alberto,
Publisher New Riders,
Year Published 2016
OCLC Number 941982960
ISBN 9780321934079; 0321934075
Subjects Visual communication. ; Charts, diagrams, etc--Design. ; Concept mapping. ; Information visualization. ; Computer graphics. ; Donnes statistiques. ; Graphiques. ; Optical images. ; Computergrafik ; Datenverarbeitung ; Visualisierung
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EOAM  QC397.5.I53C34 2016 Region 8 Technical Library/Denver,CO 08/21/2019 STATUS
Collation xvii, 382 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color), charts ; 23 cm
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"The truthful art explains: the role of infographics and data visualizations play in our daily lives; basic principles of data and scientific reasoning that anyone can master; how to become a better critical thinker; step-by-step processes that will help you evaluate any data visualization; how to create and use effective charts, graphs, and data maps"--Page 4 of cover. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Notes
Part I. Foundations : What we talk about when we talk about visualization -- The five qualities of great visualizations : The hockey stick chart : Truthful; Functional; Beautiful; Insightful; Enlightening -- Part II. Truthful : The truth continuum : Dubious models ; The mind, that clumsy modeler : Why are we so often mistaken?; Mind bug 1. Patternicity; Mind bug 2. Storytelling; Mind bug 3. Confirmation ; Truth is neither absolute, nor relative : The skills of an educated person -- Of conjectures and uncertainty : The scientific stance ; From curiosity to conjectures : Hypothesizing; An aside on variables; On studies; Doing experiments; About uncertainty -- Part III. Functional : Basic principles of visualization : Visually encoding data ; Choosing graphic forms : A grain of salt; Practical tips about those tricky scales ; Organizing the display : Put your work to the test -- Exploring data with simple charts : The norm and the exceptions : The mode, the median, and the mean; Weighing means; Range; Some fun with ranges -- Visualizing distributions : The variance and the standard deviation : Standard deviation and standard scores; Presenting stories with frequency charts; How standardized scores mislead us; Peculiarities of the normal distribution ; Percentiles, quartiles, and the box plot : Manipulating data; Frequency over time -- Revealing change : Trend, seasonality, and noise : Decomposing a time series; Visualizing indexes ; From ratios to logs ; How time series charts mislead : Communicating change -- Seeing relationships : From association to correlation : Smoothers; Matrices and parallel coordinate plots ; Correlation for communication regression ; From correlation to causation : Data transformation -- Mapping data : Projection ; Data on maps : Point data maps; Line maps ; The basics of choropleth maps : Classifying data; Using choropleth maps; Other kinds of data maps -- Uncertainty and significance : Back to distributions : The standard error; Building confidence intervals; Disclosing uncertainty ; The best advice you'll ever get: ask ; How has stuff been measured?; Dispatches from the data jungle; Significance, size and power -- Part IV. Practice : On creativity and innovation : The popularizers ; News applications ; Those enchanting Europeans ; Making science visual ; Culture data ; The artistic fringes -- Epilogue : What lies ahead. Every day, at work, home, and school, we are bombarded with vast amounts of free data collected and shared by everyone and everything from our co-workers to our calorie counters. In this highly anticipated follow-up to The Functional Art, Alberto Cairos foundational guide to understanding information graphics and visualization, the respected data visualization professor explains in clear terms how to work with data, discover the stories hidden within, and share those stories with the world in the form of charts, maps, and infographics. In The Truthful Art, Cairo transforms elementary principles of data and scientific reasoning into tools that you can use in daily life to interpret data sets and extract stories from them.