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" their best, graphics are instruments for reasoning about quantitative information.  Often the most effective way to describe, explore, and summarize a set of numbers -- even a very large set -- is to look at pictures of those numbers."(Edward Tufte)

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Numbers count!

When you hear “data visualization” do you think paint-by-numbers? Or, do you worry that it will require years of your life to develop expertise in a complicated, specialized software program? Well, stop worrying and start seeing numbers!

Workshop leaders:

Doug Foxgrover, Academic Computer Coordinator
Paula Lackie, Academic Computer Coordinator
Kristin Partlo, Liaison Librarian
Ann Zawistoski, Liaison Librarian.


William S. Cleveland
Graphical methods tend to show data sets as a whole, allowing us to summarize the general behavior and to study detail. This leads to much more thorough data analyses.

Edward Tufte
Graphical elegance is often found in simplicity of design and complexity of data.

John Tukey
Numerical quantities focus on expected values, graphical summaries on unexpected values.