Blog Posts in April 2011

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We Caught Royal Vizzing Fever

Have you had enough of William and Kate yet? No? Well, have we got vizzes for you! First, check out our interactive seating chart to see who got the sweet seats. Then, explore tweets from London today.
The Royal Wedding - Who's Sitting Where?
To see where different categories of guests sat, use the filter on the ...

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The Top 100 vizes of Q1 2011

The top 100 vizzes of 2011 are in and a new author is crowned champion. The New Scientist's Peter Aldhous claimed the top spot with his anxiety-inducing viz showing the location of the world's nuclear reactors. Second place went to perennial powerhouse Al Melchior of CBS Sports for his fantasy baseball viz. Timothy Ellis of ...

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Congratulations Paige!

We want to congratulate Paige St. John, the winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reporter won for her 2-year investigation of the Florida insurance industry. Paige did a spectacular job analyzing a complex, convoluted system that's costing Floridians an incredible amount of ...

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Is gold a bubble?

Is gold a bubble? Although prices have certainly risen recently, it is difficult to tell. By comparing the rise of gold recently to bubbles in the past, we can get a better handle on the nature of the recent uptick.
How does Gold Compare to Past Bubbles?
As you can see, gold has steadily risen over the past 70 ...

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Chad Skelton Can't Stop Vizzing

"If you really want to get serious about online graphics, you have to check out Tableau Public." So says Chad Skelton of the Vancouver Sun in the most recent Canadian Association of Journalists newsletter. We certainly appreciate the support, but we're mostly grateful to ...

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How to Shape Your Data

Unfortunately, data isn’t always in the format that Tableau likes it. That’s okay – we can fix that. The following is a step by step guide to reshaping your data so you can make the most of it in Tableau.
First, make sure there are no blank rows or columns within your data set. That’s usually pretty easy to fix manually ...

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Choropleth Counties

Choosing how to display data is often the most difficult part of the data visualization process. Would a bar chart be superior to a pie? Perhaps a scatter would tell more than two bar charts? One of the most difficult of these choices is between filled maps (choropleth) and shapes.
The Neverending Debate: Choropleth or ...

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