Making Sense of Data III: A Practical Guide to Designing Interactive Data Visualizations

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Focuses on insights, approaches, and techniques that are essential to designing interactive graphics and visualizations

Making Sense of Data III: A Practical Guide to Designing Interactive Data Visualizations explores a diverse range of disciplines to explain how meaning from graphical representations is extracted. Additionally, the book describes the best approach for designing and implementing interactive graphics and visualizations that play a central role in data exploration and decision-support systems.

Beginning with an introduction to visual perception, Making Sense of Data III features a brief history on the use of visualization in data exploration and an outline of the design process. Subsequent chapters explore the following key areas:

  • Cognitive and Visual Systems describes how various drawings, maps, and diagrams known as external representations are understood and used to extend the mind's capabilities

  • Graphics Representations introduces semiotic theory and discusses the seminal work of cartographer Jacques Bertin and the grammar of graphics as developed by Leland Wilkinson

  • Designing Visual Interactions discusses the four stages of design process—analysis, design, prototyping, and evaluation—and covers the important principles and strategies for designing visual interfaces, information visualizations, and data graphics

  • Hands-on: Creative Interactive Visualizations with Protovis provides an in-depth explanation of the capabilities of the Protovis toolkit and leads readers through the creation of a series of visualizations and graphics

The final chapter includes step-by-step examples that illustrate the implementation of the discussed methods, and a series of exercises are provided to assist in learning the Protovis language. A related website features the source code for the presented software as well as examples and solutions for select exercises.

Featuring research in psychology, vision science, statistics, and interaction design, Making Sense of Data III is an indispensable book for courses on data analysis and data mining at the upper-undergraduate and graduate levels. The book also serves as a valuable reference for computational statisticians, software engineers, researchers, and professionals of any discipline who would like to understand how the mind processes graphical representations.

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GLENN J. MYATT, PhD, is cofounder and Chief Scientific Officer of Leadscope, Inc., and a Partner at Myatt & Johnson, Inc. Dr. Myatt is the author of Making Sense of Data: A Practical Guide to Exploratory Data Analysis and Data Mining and the coauthor of Making Sense of Data II: A Practical Guide to Data Visualization, Advanced Data Mining Methods, and Applications, both published by Wiley.

WAYNE P. JOHNSON, MSc., is cofounder of Leadscope, Inc., and a Partner at Myatt & Johnson, Inc. He has over thirty years of experience in the design and development of large software systems and currently focuses his work on human–computer interaction, information visualization, and methodologies for contextual inquiry. He is the coauthor of Making Sense of Data II: A Practical Guide to Data Visualization, Advanced Data Mining Methods, and Applications, published by Wiley.

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John Wiley & Sons
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Published on
Sep 9, 2011
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Pages
416
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ISBN
9781118121603
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Language
English
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Mathematics / Probability & Statistics / General
Mathematics / Probability & Statistics / Stochastic Processes
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 “...a well-written book on data analysis and data mining that provides an excellent foundation...”

—CHOICE

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—Computing Reviews.com

 

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Updated exercises for both manual and computer-aided implementation with accompanying worked examples New appendices with coverage on the freely available Traceis™ software, including tutorials using data from a variety of disciplines such as the social sciences, engineering, and finance New topical coverage on multiple linear regression and logistic regression to provide a range of widely used and transparent approaches Additional real-world examples of data preparation to establish a practical background for making decisions from data
Making Sense of Data I: A Practical Guide to Exploratory Data Analysis and Data Mining, Second Edition is an excellent reference for researchers and professionals who need to achieve effective decision making from data. The Second Edition is also an ideal textbook for undergraduate and graduate-level courses in data analysis and data mining and is appropriate for cross-disciplinary courses found within computer science and engineering departments.
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Clustering outlines common approaches to clustering data sets and provides detailed explanations of methods for determining the distance between observations and procedures for clustering observations. Agglomerative hierarchical clustering, partitioned-based clustering, and fuzzy clustering are also discussed.

Predictive Analytics presents a discussion on how to build and assess models, along with a series of predictive analytics that can be used in a variety of situations including principal component analysis, multiple linear regression, discriminate analysis, logistic regression, and Naïve Bayes.

Applications demonstrates the current uses of data mining across a wide range of industries and features case studies that illustrate the related applications in real-world scenarios.

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With its comprehensive collection of advanced data mining methods coupled with tutorials for applications in a range of fields, Making Sense of Data II is an indispensable book for courses on data analysis and data mining at the upper-undergraduate and graduate levels. It also serves as a valuable reference for researchers and professionals who are interested in learning how to accomplish effective decision making from data and understanding if data analysis and data mining methods could help their organization.

Praise for the First Edition

 “...a well-written book on data analysis and data mining that provides an excellent foundation...”

—CHOICE

“This is a must-read book for learning practical statistics and data analysis...”

—Computing Reviews.com

 

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In order to facilitate the needed steps when handling a data analysis or data mining project, a step-by-step approach aids professionals in carefully analyzing data and implementing results, leading to the development of smarter business decisions. The tools to summarize and interpret data in order to master data analysis are integrated throughout, and the Second Edition also features:

Updated exercises for both manual and computer-aided implementation with accompanying worked examples New appendices with coverage on the freely available Traceis™ software, including tutorials using data from a variety of disciplines such as the social sciences, engineering, and finance New topical coverage on multiple linear regression and logistic regression to provide a range of widely used and transparent approaches Additional real-world examples of data preparation to establish a practical background for making decisions from data
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