Data Visualization: Statistical Graphics or Data Art?

A session at Strata New York 2012

Wednesday 24th October, 2012

5:00pm to 5:50pm (EST)

Data visualization means different things to different people. Some say that to be effective, visualizations need to be clear, concise and accurate. Others say that to be effective, visualizations need to be eye-catching, engaging, and innovative. Naomi Robbins will moderate a panel composed of Andrew Gelman, a professor of statistics and government at Columbia University, and Nigel Homes, an award-winning graphics artist and author of several books on information design.

Possible questions include:

  • How would you define effective data visualizations?
  • Would your definition be the same for figures designed for business decisions and those designed for the media (e.g., newspapers and magazines?)
  • What do you think the consumers of data visualizations are looking for?
  • In what settings are you trying to educate, entertain, provoke, inform, etc?
  • I think it’s unfortunate that the same terminology is used for both. Do you think a change in terminology could reduce the tension between the groups?
  • Nathan Yau published a list of the ten best visualizations of the year —would you agree that these are effective visualizations?

About the speakers

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nigel holmes
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Naomi B Robbins


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Jon Peltier

MS Excel programmer and chart master. Visit my site for tutorials and add-ins. bio from Twitter

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Time 5:00pm5:50pm EST

Date Wed 24th October 2012

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