Visualizing Data

Wednesday, June 11, 2008 | 03:29 PM

My friend  Paul has a chart from BP's data, Visualizing Global Oil Markets: 1965-2007 (not my favorite chart porn in the world).

Lately, I have been greatly enjoying the way numbers are depicted in a visual context, vis Visualizing Data. The site tends towards an eclectic depiction of data, which provides different ways of thinking about numbers, modeling, and the world.

I find it to be a fascinating exercise. This approach has very much colored how I approach and contextualize data. Some recent examples from the site:

Explore Your del.icio.us Tags and Bookmarks 
Delicious_tags

Themail splits your emails into keywords and phrases:
Themail

17 Ways to Visualize the Twitter Universe
Twitter

Enron Email Connections
Mymap

Personal Visualization for the Obsessive Compulsive (to understand OCD, this is an inventory of every distinguishable object in a bedroom - books, DVDs, CDs, documents, storage bin)
Ocd_spheres

And my favorite: Area Codes in Which Ludacris Claims to Have Hoes
Ludacris

Fun stuff!

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Barry, here is another site along the same lines, which I believe would appeal to you and your readers:

http://infosthetics.com/

In his book 'A New Kind of Science,' Stephen Wolfram went even further, claiming that in some cases graphics can tease out relationships which might be impossible to identify with traditional approaches, such as closed-form equations. Some of the properties of the universe, he suggests, are graphical in nature.

Looking at the graph of today's market, I infer we're about to go over the waterfall. HELMETS ON!

Posted by: Jim Haygood | Jun 11, 2008 3:46:31 PM

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