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Alberto Cairo
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When doing data reporting, look at the raw numbers, not just at percentages
A headline in The New York Times today reads “In the Shopping Cart of a Food Stamp Household: Lots of Soda.”  Is it true? The story itself provides hints that the headline is misleading, and likely to damage the image of the SNAP program and its beneficiari...
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Data and visualization conferences: Tapestry, NICAR, Malofiej, DH+DJ
As long as I'm finishing  that-project-that-should-not-be-named , I've been able to register for several conferences this year. The first two are Tapestry and IRE+NICAR . If you're going to one, you should go to the other, as they take place in consecutive ...
As long as I'm finishing that-project-that-should-not-be-named, I've been able to register for several conferences this year. The first two are Tapestry and IRE+NICAR. If you're going to one, you should go to the other, as th...
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Our brand new MOOC is here! Data Exploration and Storytelling
It's been a while since I last taught a Massive Open Online Course . My friend Heather Krause  —a statistician and data journalist— and I have created a brand new one, titled “Data Exploration and Storytelling: Finding Stories in Data with Exploratory Analy...
It's been a while since I last taught a Massive Open Online Course. My friend Heather Krause —a statistician and data journalist— and I have created a brand new one, titled “Data Exploration and Storytelling: Finding Stories ...
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Datatrump
I needed a 10 minute break from that-project-that-must-not-be-named , so I decided to use Robert Grant 's DrawMyData to design a Trump cartoon. See it below, along with the correlation coefficient and other summary statistics. Feel free to use it. If you wa...
I needed a 10 minute break from that-project-that-must-not-be-named, so I decided to use Robert Grant's DrawMyData to design a Trump cartoon. See it below, along with the correlation coefficient and other summary statistics. ...
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The rise of data visualization in news graphics
The next two months are going to be quite busy. I need to finish writing my PhD dissertation , titled Nerd Journalism . I'll release it as a free e-book through this website probably in the Summer of 2017. One of the elements of my analysis of how journalis...
The next two months are going to be quite busy. I need to finish writing my PhD dissertation, titled Nerd Journalism. I'll release it as a free e-book through this website probably in the Summer of 2017. One of the elements o...
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New post: Fake data, fake causation, fake news
The headline I'm showing here is an example of how fake news websites bullshit people. In the case of this article from Glenn Beck's The Blaze, by making up a causal link between two consecutive events, which is one of the va...
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In visualization, white space is your friend
One point I make in the introduction to graphic design classes I've taught in the past is that white space isn't empty space. Empty space is needlessly unused space; white space has meaning. There's even a good introduction to graphic design titled White Sp...
One point I make in the introduction to graphic design classes I've taught in the past is that white space isn't empty space. Empty space is needlessly unused space; white space has meaning. There's even a good introduction t...
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A few graphs from Nerd Journalism
Last night I finished writing the draft of Nerd Journalism , my PhD dissertation. Now I need to spend the next 30 days or so editing the damn thing. I want to submit it at the end of January, and I'll try to defend it over the Summer. I'll release the entir...
Last night I finished writing the draft of Nerd Journalism, my PhD dissertation. Now I need to spend the next 30 days or so editing the damn thing. I want to submit it at the end of January, and I'll try to defend it over the...
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The Financial Times chooses "The Truthful Art" as one of the best books for data geeks
This is truly an honor: The Financial Times has just chosen The Truthful Art as one of the best books “for data geeks” in 2016. Here's their tweet , and here's the article , written by Alan Smith, their data visualization editor. I am very familiar with all...
This is truly an honor: The Financial Times has just chosen The Truthful Art as one of the best books “for data geeks” in 2016. Here's their tweet, and here's the article, written by Alan Smith, their data visualization edito...
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The next two months are going to be quite busy. I need to finish writing my PhD dissertation, titled Nerd Journalism. I'll release it as a free e-book through this website probably in the Summer of 2017. One of the elements o...
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New project: The Rhythm of Food
The second project coming out of  my collaboration with Google News Lab has just been published. It was designed by Moritz Stefaner , and it's titled The Rhythm of Food . As in the case of the first visualization in this series, Worldpotus , I can't take cr...
The second project coming out of my collaboration with Google News Lab has just been published. It was designed by Moritz Stefaner, and it's titled The Rhythm of Food. As in the case of the first visualization in this series,...
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Fake data, fake causation, fake news
The headline I'm showing here is an example of how fake news websites bullshit people. In the case of this article from Glenn Beck's The Blaze , by making up a causal link between two consecutive events, which is one of the variants of the famous “correlati...
The headline I'm showing here is an example of how fake news websites bullshit people. In the case of this article from Glenn Beck's The Blaze, by making up a causal link between two consecutive events, which is one of the va...
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Infographics director. Information graphics and visualization teacher/consultant: www.elartefuncional.com www.visualopolis.com www.albertocairo.com
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Information graphics and visualization teacher and director. www.elartefuncional.com , www.visualopolis.com , www.albertocairo.com Interested in visual presentation, cognitive psychology, and science in general
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