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Infovis and Statistical Graphics: Different Goals, Different Looks

Very interesting paper by Andrew Gelman and Antony Unwin contrasting the different goals of “information visualization” and statistical graphics.  Lots of good critiques here of what data visualizations are actually supposed to be doing.


Lots of good things here.





As a side note, they bring up some interesting new trends in baby naming that have been observed recently, namely that there has been a collapse of variation in the last letter of boys names.  There has been an increasing diversity of names, but there is a convergence of the sound of names.




Last letter of boys’ names in US in 1900:




Last letter of boys’ names in 2010:




Here are other blogs discussing names:


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