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Visualizations Trapped behind Glass?

I’ve been noticing various visualizations around me on the web constantly since we started discussing them in class. Since we’ve begun talking about visual representations, I haven’t even been able to keep track of all of the things that have run past … Continue reading

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Data Mining One’s Own Life

Fascinating article on data mining one’s own email/phone calls/keystrokes in today’s NY Times, focused on Dr. Stephen Wolfram, “a scientist and entrepreneur,” who has stored all of his personal electronic data since 1989. He decided to test out on of … Continue reading

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Visualization Tools: Many Eyes

After having tried some of the visualization tools on Bamboo DiRT, I found Many Eyes to be the most fun.  Many Eyes lets you visualize any data you enter into its system through graphs, charts, trees, etc. It’s similar to … Continue reading

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From Trees to Networks

In the second chapter of Lima’s book he talked about how trees have been used to show hierarchy, neatness, and order when in reality nothing is a simply connected as trees portray. He discusses criticisms and alternative formats to trees … Continue reading

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Visual Complexity

Visual Complexity Introduction and Chapter 1 Manuel Lima starts his book introduction describing how he started his research. During his MFA he became interested in visual representation of networks, taking the blogosphere as the “laboratory to track and analyze how … Continue reading

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Decoding Networks

I’ll preface this post by saying that even after reading Manuel Lima’s immensely readable chapter introducing networks in Visual Complexity, I am not entirely certain that I understand the purpose of most network visualizations. On second thought, perhaps I don’t … Continue reading

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Wordle vs Voyant: Can they be used in teaching? Yes!

I decided to return to Voyant and add a little Wordle into the mix. At first I thought it was ambiguous whether or  not these tools were applicable to much more than entertainment, or brainstorming.  Jill mentioned using these programs … Continue reading

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Political word fun with Ngram

Capitalism, socialism, communism, libertarian, egalitarian were the first words I decided to do my search on this morning. Besides having a little fun we have agreed some conclusions could be drawn from looking at the highs and lows.  Take for … Continue reading

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NGram is a bit hazy to me

My experience with Google NGram was as thrilling as it was head-scratching. I entered the words epistle and diary to see how the genres have shifted or which has dominated and I’m not too sure that’s what I got. My understanding … Continue reading

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Voyant Tools rocks

IMO Voyant Tools helps one tear into the text. Yes, it has appealing graphics: both visual representation and color, which made me wonder if there was some meaning imbedded there, which I was neither aware of nor able to figure … Continue reading

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