Category Archives: Alphanumeric Chart

Visualizing Causes of Death in Georgian London

LondonLives.org is a collection of 240,000 historic manuscripts from eighteenth century London. These have been collected, organized and analyzed, such as Sharon Howard’s summary of 2894 coroner inquests from London 1760-1799 with each case including subjects, verdicts and causes of … Continue reading

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Shapes or Alphabetic Point Marks?

In some visualizations, such as scatterplots, a visualization designer might use different shapes to encode categoric data. Abstract shapes such as circles and squares can be used, but in practice, many visualization systems have a limited number of shapes (e.g. … Continue reading

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SparkWords

SparkWords are words in running text where words embed additional data using color, bold, italic, etc. Visualization is embedded directly into the narrative words. Continue reading

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Word Stems Visualized

In this blog there have been many posts of words visualized where differences are accentuated and encoded using bold, italics, underlines, etc. But what if you want to visualize the similarities? Stemming is a basic task in a lot of … Continue reading

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Stem & Leaf Bigrams

Stem & leaf plots are quirky alphanumeric data visualizations. In typical usage they show distributions of numeric values. Here’s a simple dataset of heights of my family on the left, transformed into a stem and leaf plot on the right: … Continue reading

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Lost Works of Jacques Bertin on Typography

Strangely, out of 450 pages+ in Bertin’s Sémiologie Graphique translated into English only 4 pages about typography were not translated. Continue reading

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Top NY Picks: Me vs. Reviews

I have a few upcoming speaking appearances, including the International Cartography Conference (DC July 6); Information Visualization 2017 (London July 13) and Strata Data Conference (NYC Sept 26-28). Since NYC is a city I often visit, I thought I’d make … Continue reading

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Microtext Line Charts

Sometimes a line chart needs to display a lot of lines. Instead of splitting into a grid of charts, consider replacing the lines with text. Continue reading

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Noticing a Difference vs. Decoding

I’ve had a number of papers rejected where I’ve varied multiple (font) attributes within a single visualization – jump ahead to fig. 6 for an example. There are members in the visualization community and the typography community who have reservations about … Continue reading

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Alphanumeric Financial Charts

Financial charting has long used alphanumerics as point indicators in charts. One of the oldest I can find is Hoyle’s Figure Chart (from The Game in Wall Street and How to Play it Successfully: 1898) which essentially plots individual security prices in a matrix … Continue reading

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