Data Mining: Text Mining, Visualization and Social Media
Information is Beautiful is a thought provoking labour of love by one of the first true data journalists, David McCandless. It is a simply structured collection of graphical interpretations of a variety of interesting statistics, factoids and opinions. It is compelling in its ability to provoke exclamations of surprise at the relationships between facts (e.g. the financial crisis costing us almost four times more than the expected total cost of the west's adventurism in Iraq and Afghanistan) as well as generating respect for the creativity and design that has gone in to presenting the information. That being said, the book also illustrates the very tricky position of a data journalist (or whatever we eventually call those individuals who render 'information' visually). Visualization of data in the form of graphics and the expression of facts, opinions, processes, etc. in the form of information visualizations is, essentially, a new language.
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