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Visualize This: The Flowing Data Guide to Design, Visualization, and Statistics
Visualize This: The Flowing Data Guide to Design, Visualization, and Statistics
by Nathan Yau
Edition: Paperback
Price: 18.35

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4.0 out of 5 stars Two useful books in one neat package, 9 Aug 2013
I don't usually review books but this one's utility leapt out at me as I leafed through it. Not only does it 1) provide a good introduction to some basic visualisation design principles and basic statistical/visual literacy (worth it in itself), it also provides 2) step by step instructions to enable the reader to put this knowledge into action using (mostly) free open source software - R, python, javascript etc - and in a reasonably accessible style with plenty of relevant illustrations (as you expect/need in a book about visualisation).

My main reservation about this book is that the author uses the "R" statistical software to do many of the manipulations. It is powerful and free but as he says himself "the software itself isn't very helpful in guiding new users"... and if you like "buttons and clicking and dragging" (which I do!) you will find it hard to use (p. 73). As a result you end up towards the end of the book with chunks like "the c()directive creates an empty vector, which you add to in each iteration [9 lines of code] then pass the reading_colors array into parallel instead of the lone #000000". This gives you Figure 7-24..." But some of this complexity is probably unavoidable if you want to get your hands dirty.


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3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't have volume control, 24 Oct 2011
These earphones are cheap and can switch on and off with the control as advertised but I assumed the central switch/microphone would also work as volume controls as Apple's own ones do.


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