I love visualisations. Not in a short-lived fiery way, but in that way that’s based on mutual understanding, respect for each other’s space, and not hogging the remote control.
A good visualisation can sell an idea. A good visualisation can let the human eye’s abilities take a set of data and run with it. A good visualisation can inform a decision, or even prompt entirely new questions.
Visualisation of the day
I’m not going to try and explain this visualisation on the left, partialy because it wouldn’t make much sense to anyone but one or two people I work with, but trust me, I found it really useful.
It reveals quite clearly the aspects of this data I wanted to isolate, highlights where I’m going wrong, and has told me a few things about the underlying system that I hadn’t realised. The only thing I’m not happy about is that it’s not in colour.
I don’t think I need a second opinion. I’m a data geek.
Update: Have now given in and created a colour version where the green RGB value is set to intensity, and red is proportional to standard deviation. It rocks my dweeby little world.