How to Visualize Qualitative Data

Sep 25th, 2014 / Data Visualization
Are you looking for ways to display your qualitative data? The vast majority of data visualization resources focus on quantitative data. In this article, let’s look at some of your options for qualitative data visualization, like word clouds, photographs, icons, diagrams, and timelines.
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How Data Visualization Supports Decision Making

Sep 10th, 2014 / Data Visualization
The only thing I love more than analyzing research data is analyzing personal finance data. Not too long ago, a friend was trying to decide whether to continue renting his current apartment or to purchase a similarly-sized condominium. I couldn’t make the decision for him, but I could help him crunch the numbers.
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At-a-Glance Patterns with Area Charts

Aug 27th, 2014 / Data Visualization
A few weeks ago I showed you how to create small multiples bar charts simply by creating a stacked bar chart in Excel with invisible white segments. In 5 minutes or less! Today’s strategy to use area charts takes a few minutes longer, but the result is worth it.
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From Data Table to Small Multiples in Under Five Minutes

Aug 6th, 2014 / Data Visualization
When social scientists like me have lots of data, we tend to put it in tables. There’s nothing wrong with tables. They contain infinite details within a finite and teeny space, and they give the reader freedom to draw his or her own conclusions about which details are worth paying attention to. Today I’m teaching you to take your data table and turn into a small multiples chart in under five minutes.
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