Evaluating Christmas

Anyone else having a Christmas problem? I think there must be something wrong with me. I just don’t understand Christmas, I guess. I might be getting presents and sending Christmas cards and decorating trees and all that, but I’m still not happy. I don’t feel the way I’m supposed to feel. Charlie Brown, you are…

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A Kind of Cartoon Obituary

Two days ago my dad died. But just as I live the rest of my life, I know that there is nothing too serious for cartoons. So here is a set based on the lessons I learned from my dad. It’s not his full story. It’s more a handful of lessons I have taken to…

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Data Halloween Cartoon Post

A 3D Pie Chart Jack-o-lantern.

Happy Data Halloween Everyone! Which cartoon is your favorite?  You can vote by retweeting, just click on the cartoon to be taken to the individual tweet. Zombie Evaluators 3D Pie Chart Jack o Lantern No trick or treating at foundations. Machine Learning Witch Hunt Explaining RCTs to a two-headed monster. Toads are not People, so…

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Learning new things is hard.

I get it.  You already know Excel.  Tableau is just plain confusing (and annoying, and expensive).  I’ve been there. But Tableau can do things that Excel cannot.  Like directly weave a bunch of different data sources, living in different databases and on different servers, into the same dashboard.  All with automated updates. Or creating a…

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Quantitative Qualitative Visualization

Most “qualitative data visualization” is really just quantitative data visualization. There are tons of qualitative researchers and evaluators who have spent careers fighting the notion that their data should be presented numerically in summary tables. Using words like most and few instead of something that would be artificially precise. Down with word clouds (a.k.a. visualized…

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A dashboard you can’t update.

My preferred way to create a dashboard is to start with something simple, crude even. Then over time, adapt.  The faster the dashboard goes live, the better. This is the way most web software is built.  Always in beta, changes are then made based on the needs of the users. Many organizations put in most…

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