Category Archives: Information Design

About Fusion Tables – Fusion Tables Help

Fusion Tables is an experimental data visualization web application to gather, visualize, and share larger data tables.Visualize bigger table data online Filter and summarize across hundreds of thousands of rows. Then try a chart, map, network graph, or custom layout and embed or share it. Collaborate! All your data organization is automatically saved and stored in Google Drive.

via About Fusion Tables – Fusion Tables Help.

Gapminder Desktop launched –

Now you can use Gapminder World – with all its indicators – from your own computer, even when you have no Internet. Just download and install the new Gapminder Desktop.A downloadable version of Gapminder World is the single most requested tool, and we are very happy to be able to now offer just that, free of charge.

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Analytics Reveal 13 New Basketball Positions | Playbook |

Muthu Alagappan is a Stanford University senior, a basketball fan and an intern at Ayasdi, a data visualization company. Ayasdi takes huge amounts of info like tumor samples and displays it in interactive shapes that highlight patterns like genetic markers that indicate a likelihood of ovarian cancer. It’s called topological data analysis, and it can be applied to sports, too.

via Analytics Reveal 13 New Basketball Positions | Playbook |


What other applications could there be? Citation patterns?

‘Big data’ the next big thing – Science – NZ Herald News

But artificial intelligence, it turns out, is so twentieth century.

The latest buzzword is “augmented intelligence” – the difference being that instead of leaving it up to computers to draw their own conclusions, augmented intelligence uses human analysts as well.

The trend has spawned a new occupation: data scientist. The first summit for data scientists was held in Las Vegas in May and if you’re thinking of retraining, or looking for a new career, you could do a lot worse. A recent report from the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) forecasts that by 2018 the United States alone could face a shortage of up to 190,000 data scientists and up to 1.5 million data-savvy managers and analysts.

MGI describes “big data” as the next frontier for innovation, competition and productivity, and suggests huge potential savings in sectors such as electronics, finance and insurance, and government.

via ‘Big data’ the next big thing – Science – NZ Herald News.

Daily chart | The Economist

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On this blog we publish a new chart or map every working day, highlight our interactive-data features and provide links to interesting sources of data around the web. The Big Mac index, house-price index and other regular features can be found on our Markets & data page

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Math advisor family tree

Just as retirees scour for evidence that they’re descendants of famous people, mathematicians are diagramming who their adviser was advised by, who their adviser’s adviser’s adviser was, and so forth. This nerdy pastime has been formalized on the Mathematics Genealogy Project website, run by North Dakota State University. There’s some scientific usefulness to this—a team at Northwestern used the database to discover that more mentoring corresponds with higher publication rates.

via Math Masters Trace Their Intellectual Lineage | Magazine |


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Education By Disruption: Salman Kahn’s YouTube Revolution | Epicenter |

“When I signed up, I wasn’t a YouTube partner, so I was limited to 10 minutes,” Khan said. While initially it may have been an obstacle, it made him focus, so he couldn’t “talk around the matter” as some teachers tend to do, prompting heads on open textbooks. He found that his students appreciated the short-form style. “Instead of having to watch a 60-minute lecture, they could just jump in and see what ‘cosecant’ means.”

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