Category: graphs

Graph Answers the Question: Do Christians Divorce More than Average?

January 6, 2014 | By | 1 Comment

In 2008, the Barna Group released some troubling statistics: 33% of Christians are divorced versus 30% of atheists/agnostics. This caused some teeth-gnashing among religious leaders as they sought to understand and explain these numbers. In theory, Christian marriages should last longer. The bible says “God hates divorce” (Malachi 2:16) and teaches husbands and wives to [...]

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Top 5 Examples of Storytelling with Graphs

September 29, 2013 | By | 3 Comments

As part of writing my new book “Storytelling with Graphs” I’ve studied 50 examples of graphs that tell stories. Some of them are publicly visible, such as TED talks, newspaper infographics and YouTube videos. Some are not, such as business reports and presentations that contain confidential information. Below, I list the top 5 examples of [...]

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Get More Insights by Visualizing Tabular Data using the Cobblestone Table

September 17, 2013 | By | 7 Comments

I’m always interested in new ways to visualize data, so I was thrilled to discover a method for visualizing tables, which I call a “cobblestone table”. Imagine you have this table showing percentage of Americans with a certain Myers Briggs personality type (I’m a very rare INTJ). It’s hard to see any patterns in this [...]

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3 Steps to Turn a Graph into a Story

April 8, 2013 | By | 1 Comment

What does it mean to tell stories with graphs? That’s a complicated question and one I plan to answer fully in my new book, called “Storytelling with Graphs”, due out this summer. Storytelling with graphs means many things. At a minimum, it means finding the meaning in the data and why it’s relevant to the [...]

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Why Tufte is Flat-Out Wrong about Pie Charts

March 18, 2013 | By | 78 Comments

Some critics have come crashing down hard on pie charts. Edward Tufte says “the only thing worse than a pie chart is several of them.” Stephen Few says “save the pies for dessert“. Cole Nussbaumer says “Death to pie charts.” Well, they are all wrong. Pie charts deserve your respect. And I’ll tell you why. [...]

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