Rescheduled from February 12 - A Primer on Data Visualization

Big Insights from Big Data and Small Data
Ben Shneiderman
DFP Classroom: FSC 2300

Rescheduled from February 12 

This event is from 12:30 - 2:00pm.
Lunch is provided with RSVP.

The goal of visualization is insight, not numbers. Interactive data visualization tools provide researchers with remarkable capabilities to support discovery from Big Data and Small Data resources. Users can begin with an overview, zoom in on areas of interest, filter out unwanted items, and then click for details-on-demand.  Data Science initiatives and commercial success stories, plus widespread use by prominent media, business, medical, and other websites have made visualization a key technology that empowers users to explore multi-dimensional, temporal, hierarchical, and network data.

Researchers, educators, and students in every field can use interactive data visualization tools to:

  • Improve data quality by effective detection of faulty data, missing data, unusual distributions, and anomalies,
  • Perform more thorough data analyses that produce profounder insights, and
  • Develop richer understandings that enable users to ask bolder questions.

The talk shows many examples and closes with 8 Golden Rules for data visualization.

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Event directions

Once you are inside the Forestry Science building walk to the rear (south-east) of the building by passing through the large open study area and up the stairs to the 2nd level student (“treetop”) lounge area. Turn left, pass through the double doors, and room 2300 will be immediately to your right.