In the News: The Importance of Data Visualization

While some people believe that data visualization is overrated, and that data can effectively be reduced to statistics, a recent project by Autodesk clearly demonstrated that this belief is misguided.

Building on prior work by Francis Anscombe and Alberto Cairo, Justin Matejka and George Fitzmaurice generated twelve datasets that have the exact same summary statistics, but very different visual qualities—and meanings!

The point is, it’s always important to visualize your data—and to present these visualization to your audience—rather than simply relying on numbers.

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