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It’s perhaps to early to call it, but I think this article on bullshit, more politely titled “How politicians poisoned statistics”, by Tim Harford for the FT Magazine, may just be the best thing I read in 2016. “Statistical bullshit”, to Tim’s definition, is espoused by those who do not actually care about the truthfulness[…]
Well, I decided to enter #MakeoverMonday this week. It’s a weekly dataviz challenge set by Andy Kriebel, open to all. The rules of the game are simple. Each week Andy selects an example dataviz published somewhere on the web – usually something topical used on a news site – and the challenge is to produce your own,[…]
Everybody dies. Why state the morbidly obvious? Language used by politicians and the media, with phrases like “excess deaths” (more people died than we expected) or “weekend deaths” (err… because dying on at the weekend is worse?), often give the strange impression that death is some sort of avoidable outcome.Perhaps we should change the language. Not[…]
This article in the Guardian chimes with a lot of thinking I’ve been doing on healthcare recently. I encourage you to read past the attention-grabbing headline. This is not about Artificial Intelligence – though there are a lot of interesting potential applications for AI in healthcare, which I plan to blog about soon – it is about[…]
When you make changes to a data graphic to give it more ‘wow’, you do so because you are trying to grab your readers attention. That’s fine, to a point. And it can serve the noble aim of trying to get your audience to spend more of their precious attention learning from your graphic whatever it is[…]
Another example of what you squeeze out of the vast array of publicly available NHS data.In this case, specifically sourced from NHS Hospital & Community Health Service (HCHS) workforce statistics.
I’ve had cause to be up to my elbows in NHS data recently, thinking about new and interesting ways to visualise some of it. More to come on that front… I’ve also been playing with the beta version of Tableau 9.3. (Some nice improvements coming in this update for you Tableau 9.2 users, esp. Tableau[…]
Despite the rise of the mobile app, old school PCs and laptops, with their swiss-army-knife Microsoft Office installations, remain ubiquitous in business. Indeed, according to Microsoft, about 1 in 7 people on the planet (1.2 billion) still use Microsoft Office.Given this it’s always struck me as surprising how rarely companies take advantage of the ability[…]
Some people make a big distinction between information and data. And they get very cross with others who use the terms interchangeably. They think that data is like the wheat grain which, when ground and processed becomes your bread: the information. Now make a tasty sandwich*. information is just data which as been made usefulI think[…]
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