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Beautiful Visualization: Looking at Data through the Eyes of Experts (Theory In Practice, #39)

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Librarian's Note: this is an alternate cover edition - ISBN 13: 9781449379865

Visualization is the graphic presentation of data -- portrayals meant to reveal complex information at a glance. Think of the familiar map of the New York City subway system, or a diagram of the human brain. Successful visualizations are beautiful not only for their aesthetic design, but also for
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Paperback, First Edition, 416 pages
Published June 2010 by O'Reilly Media (first published April 23rd 2010)
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Luke
Feb 27, 2017 Luke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-info
A collection of papers for people who want to GET WORK DONE.
John Orman
Nov 23, 2012 John Orman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This O'Reilly book starts off with a discussion of "What is Beauty?"

A question + visualization data + context = a story.

An example of beautiful visualization is Wordle, the textual analysis tool. The visualization of social patterns through social graphs is another example, such as visualizing Wikipedia's complex structures of document edit history. Virtual autopsies!

The Netflix Prize is a million dollar reward for anyone who could improve the movie rental company's recommendation algorithm by 1
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Wai Yip Tung
Feb 23, 2012 Wai Yip Tung rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A series of chapters tackling diverse topics of visualization. Some talk about idea, some are more hands on, some are theoretical, some teach you the process and some I don't understand well. My favor chapters include visualizing Wikipedia, a chapter on the full creative and analytic journey to create a visualization for the database of Prix Ars Electronica (The Design of X by Y), and also the visualization idea of Parallel Set.

One thing is I learned is data visualization is inseparable from da
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Nathanael Coyne
Jun 29, 2012 Nathanael Coyne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: work-related
A collection of short essays and case studies by two dozen data visualisation experts; it really is beautiful. Not instructional like Stephen Few's Now You See It, but inspiring and great for ideas on where and how you can apply data viz. My favourite has to be flight paths as 3D geospatial data viz is a particular interest of mine, and they're just so pretty!

Also, all author royalties go to Architecture for Humanity, which is really cool.
Greg Stoll
Jul 08, 2011 Greg Stoll rated it really liked it
The book had some very cool visualizations. It left me a little unsatisfied...I guess what I really wanted was some code to get started, but instead most chapters only vaguely discussed how to make their visualization. But if you're just looking for cool visualizations, this is the book for you! (minus the last two or three chapters)

Also, the book is quite expensive as it's full color throughout. Paper copy, available for borrowing.
Damien Leri
Feb 04, 2011 Damien Leri rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
intro/basic info, and comprised of hyper-specific stories.
Dgg32
May 01, 2011 Dgg32 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book interesting themes, especially a chapter about postmortem visualization: never thought that CSI and visualization can be together.
Daniel
Feb 03, 2014 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-buy
This series of books is really interesting. The breadth of perspectives on what makes a visualization beautiful is as instructive as an in depth study of how to make any kind of visualization.
Tkelleyireland
Sep 20, 2011 Tkelleyireland rated it liked it
good primer on data pattern simplification from experts. more technique practicals would have been great. enjoyed social network analysis bits
John Terning
Most of the contributed chapters were very interesting.
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