Making Sense of Data II

A Practical Guide to Data Visualization, Advanced Data Mining Methods, and Applications
Author: Glenn J. Myatt,Wayne P. Johnson
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470417393
Category: Mathematics
Page: 416
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A hands-on guide to making valuable decisions from data using advanced data mining methods and techniques This second installment in the Making Sense of Data series continues to explore a diverse range of commonly used approaches to making and communicating decisions from data. Delving into more technical topics, this book equips readers with advanced data mining methods that are needed to successfully translate raw data into smart decisions across various fields of research including business, engineering, finance, and the social sciences. Following a comprehensive introduction that details how to define a problem, perform an analysis, and deploy the results, Making Sense of Data II addresses the following key techniques for advanced data analysis: Data Visualization reviews principles and methods for understanding and communicating data through the use of visualization including single variables, the relationship between two or more variables, groupings in data, and dynamic approaches to interacting with data through graphical user interfaces. Clustering outlines common approaches to clustering data sets and provides detailed explanations of methods for determining the distance between observations and procedures for clustering observations. Agglomerative hierarchical clustering, partitioned-based clustering, and fuzzy clustering are also discussed. Predictive Analytics presents a discussion on how to build and assess models, along with a series of predictive analytics that can be used in a variety of situations including principal component analysis, multiple linear regression, discriminate analysis, logistic regression, and Naïve Bayes. Applications demonstrates the current uses of data mining across a wide range of industries and features case studies that illustrate the related applications in real-world scenarios. Each method is discussed within the context of a data mining process including defining the problem and deploying the results, and readers are provided with guidance on when and how each method should be used. The related Web site for the series (www.makingsenseofdata.com) provides a hands-on data analysis and data mining experience. Readers wishing to gain more practical experience will benefit from the tutorial section of the book in conjunction with the TraceisTM software, which is freely available online. With its comprehensive collection of advanced data mining methods coupled with tutorials for applications in a range of fields, Making Sense of Data II is an indispensable book for courses on data analysis and data mining at the upper-undergraduate and graduate levels. It also serves as a valuable reference for researchers and professionals who are interested in learning how to accomplish effective decision making from data and understanding if data analysis and data mining methods could help their organization.

Making Sense of Data I

A Practical Guide to Exploratory Data Analysis and Data Mining
Author: Glenn J. Myatt,Wayne P. Johnson
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118422104
Category: Mathematics
Page: 248
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Praise for the First Edition “...a well-written book on data analysis and data mining that provides an excellent foundation...” —CHOICE “This is a must-read book for learning practical statistics and data analysis...” —Computing Reviews.com A proven go-to guide for data analysis, Making Sense of Data I: A Practical Guide to Exploratory Data Analysis and Data Mining, Second Edition focuses on basic data analysis approaches that are necessary to make timely and accurate decisions in a diverse range of projects. Based on the authors’ practical experience in implementing data analysis and data mining, the new edition provides clear explanations that guide readers from almost every field of study. In order to facilitate the needed steps when handling a data analysis or data mining project, a step-by-step approach aids professionals in carefully analyzing data and implementing results, leading to the development of smarter business decisions. The tools to summarize and interpret data in order to master data analysis are integrated throughout, and the Second Edition also features: Updated exercises for both manual and computer-aided implementation with accompanying worked examples New appendices with coverage on the freely available Traceis™ software, including tutorials using data from a variety of disciplines such as the social sciences, engineering, and finance New topical coverage on multiple linear regression and logistic regression to provide a range of widely used and transparent approaches Additional real-world examples of data preparation to establish a practical background for making decisions from data Making Sense of Data I: A Practical Guide to Exploratory Data Analysis and Data Mining, Second Edition is an excellent reference for researchers and professionals who need to achieve effective decision making from data. The Second Edition is also an ideal textbook for undergraduate and graduate-level courses in data analysis and data mining and is appropriate for cross-disciplinary courses found within computer science and engineering departments.

Making Sense of Data III

A Practical Guide to Designing Interactive Data Visualizations
Author: Glenn J. Myatt,Wayne P. Johnson
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118121600
Category: Mathematics
Page: 416
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Focuses on insights, approaches, and techniques that are essential to designing interactive graphics and visualizations Making Sense of Data III: A Practical Guide to Designing Interactive Data Visualizations explores a diverse range of disciplines to explain how meaning from graphical representations is extracted. Additionally, the book describes the best approach for designing and implementing interactive graphics and visualizations that play a central role in data exploration and decision-support systems. Beginning with an introduction to visual perception, Making Sense of Data III features a brief history on the use of visualization in data exploration and an outline of the design process. Subsequent chapters explore the following key areas: Cognitive and Visual Systems describes how various drawings, maps, and diagrams known as external representations are understood and used to extend the mind's capabilities Graphics Representations introduces semiotic theory and discusses the seminal work of cartographer Jacques Bertin and the grammar of graphics as developed by Leland Wilkinson Designing Visual Interactions discusses the four stages of design process—analysis, design, prototyping, and evaluation—and covers the important principles and strategies for designing visual interfaces, information visualizations, and data graphics Hands-on: Creative Interactive Visualizations with Protovis provides an in-depth explanation of the capabilities of the Protovis toolkit and leads readers through the creation of a series of visualizations and graphics The final chapter includes step-by-step examples that illustrate the implementation of the discussed methods, and a series of exercises are provided to assist in learning the Protovis language. A related website features the source code for the presented software as well as examples and solutions for select exercises. Featuring research in psychology, vision science, statistics, and interaction design, Making Sense of Data III is an indispensable book for courses on data analysis and data mining at the upper-undergraduate and graduate levels. The book also serves as a valuable reference for computational statisticians, software engineers, researchers, and professionals of any discipline who would like to understand how the mind processes graphical representations.

Making Sense of Data Set


Author: Glenn J. Myatt
Publisher: Wiley
ISBN: 9781118395141
Category: Mathematics
Page: 991
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Making Sense of Data: A Practical Guide to Exploratory Data Analysis and Data Mining by Glenn J. Myatt (978-0-470-07471-8), Making Sense of Data II: A Practical Guide to Data Visualization, Advanced Data Mining Methods, and Applications by Glenn J. Myatt and Wayne P. Johnson (978-0-470-22280-5), and Making Sense of Data III: A Practical Guide to Designing Interactive Data Visualizations by Glenn J. Myatt and Wayne P. Johnson (978-0-470-53649-0)

Making Sense of Multivariate Data Analysis

An Intuitive Approach
Author: John Spicer
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9781412904018
Category: Mathematics
Page: 233
View: 2013

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'This book is a helpful guide to reading and understanding multivariate data analysis results in social and psychological research' --C. Y. Joanne Peng, Indiana University at Bloomington 'This book serves as a resource for readers who want to have an overall view of what encompasses multivariate analyses. The author has discussed some important issues rather philosophically (e.g., theory vs. data analysis). These points are valuable even for readers who have extensive training with multivariate analyses' --Jenn-Yun Tein, Arizona State University

Making Sense of Research

What's Good, What's Not, and How To Tell the Difference
Author: Elaine K. McEwan,Patrick J. McEwan
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 148336092X
Category: Education
Page: 200
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This book is for practitioners at all levels, from teachers making site-specific decisions to administrators making schoolwide and policy decisions.

Making Sense of the Bible

One of Seven Parts from Grudem's Systematic Theology
Author: Wayne A. Grudem
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 0310493773
Category: Religion
Page: 128
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With a strong emphasis on the scriptural basis for each doctrine—what the whole Bible teaches us today about a particular topic; clear writing, with technical terms kept to a minimum; and a contemporary approach, emphasizing how each doctrine should be understood and applied by present-day Christians, Making Sense of the Bible is required reading for understanding the relevant passages of Scripture.Topics include Canon of Scripture: the list of all books that belong in the Bible; Authority of Scripture: all words in Scripture are God’s words because that is what the Bible claims for itself; Clarity of Scripture: the Bible is written so that its teachings are able to be understood by all who read it; Necessity of Scripture: the Bible is necessary for knowledge of the gospel; and Sufficiency of Scripture: Scripture contains all the words of God he intended his people to have.Written in a friendly tone, appealing to the emotions and the spirit as well as the intellect, Making Sense of the Bible helps readers overcome wrong ideas, make better decisions on new questions, and grow as Christians.

Modern Political Economics

Making Sense of the Post-2008 World
Author: Yanis Varoufakis,Joseph Halevi,Nicholas Theocarakis
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136814744
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 512
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In 2008, not only did the financial system collapse, and send the real economy into a tailspin, but it also revealed the great gulf separating economics from a very real capitalism. Modern Political Economics has a single aim: To help readers make sense of how 2008 came about and what the post-2008 world has in store.

Making Sense of Somali History

Volume 1
Author: Abdullahi, Abdurahman
Publisher: Adonis and Abbey Publishers
ISBN: 1909112798
Category: History
Page: 222
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In the last three decades, Somalia has been associated with such horrible terms as 'state collapse', 'civil wars', 'foreign intervention', 'warlordism', 'famine', 'piracy' and 'terrorism'. This depiction was in contradiction to its earlier images as the cradle of the human race, the kernel of ancient civilizations, the land of Punt, a homogeneous nation-state and the first democratic state in Africa. So how did things fall apart in the country? This Volume 1 of a two-volume narrative, Dr. Abdullahi explores the history of the people of Somali peninsula since ancient times, the advent of Islam and colonialism, the rise and fall of Somali nationalism and the perspectives of the Somali state collapse. The book uses a unique thematic approach and analysis to make sense of Somali history by emphasizing the responsibility of Somali political elites in creating and perpetuating the disastrous conditions in their country.

Making Sense of Humanity

And Other Philosophical Papers 1982-1993
Author: Bernard Williams
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521478687
Category: Philosophy
Page: 251
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Collection of philosophical papers

Making Sense of War

The Second World War and the Fate of the Bolshevik Revolution
Author: Amir Weiner
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400840856
Category: History
Page: 432
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In Making Sense of War, Amir Weiner reconceptualizes the entire historical experience of the Soviet Union from a new perspective, that of World War II. Breaking with the conventional interpretation that views World War II as a post-revolutionary addendum, Weiner situates this event at the crux of the development of the Soviet--not just the Stalinist--system. Through a richly detailed look at Soviet society as a whole, and at one Ukrainian region in particular, the author shows how World War II came to define the ways in which members of the political elite as well as ordinary citizens viewed the world and acted upon their beliefs and ideologies. The book explores the creation of the myth of the war against the historiography of modern schemes for social engineering, the Holocaust, ethnic deportations, collaboration, and postwar settlements. For communist true believers, World War II was the purgatory of the revolution, the final cleansing of Soviet society of the remaining elusive "human weeds" who intruded upon socialist harmony, and it brought the polity to the brink of communism. Those ridden with doubts turned to the war as a redemption for past wrongs of the regime, while others hoped it would be the death blow to an evil enterprise. For all, it was the Armageddon of the Bolshevik Revolution. The result of Weiner's inquiry is a bold, compelling new picture of a Soviet Union both reinforced and enfeebled by the experience of total war.

Making Sense of Intractable Environmental Conflicts

Concepts and Cases
Author: Roy Lewicki,Barbara Gray,Michael Elliott
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 1559639318
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 469
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Despite a vast amount of effort and expertise devoted to them, many environmental conflicts have remained mired in controversy, stubbornly defying resolution. Why can some environmental problems be resolved in one locale but remain contentious in another, often carrying on for decades? What is it about certain issues or the people involved that make a conflict seemingly insoluble.Making Sense of Intractable Environmental Conflicts addresses those and related questions, examining what researchers and experts in the field characterize as "intractable" disputes—intense disputes that persist over long periods of time and cannot be resolved through consensus-building efforts or by administrative, legal, or political means. The approach focuses on the "frames" parties use to define and enact the dispute—the lenses through which they interpret and understand the conflict and critical conflict dynamics. Through analysis of interviews, news media coverage, meeting transcripts, and archival data, the contributors to the book:examine the concepts of frames, framing, and reframing, and the role that framing plays in conflictsoutline the essential characteristics of intractability and its major causesoffer case studies of eight intractable environmental conflictspresent a rich body of original interview material from affected partiesset forth recommendations for intervention that can help resolve disputesWithin each case chapter, the authors describe the historical development and fundamental nature of the conflict and then analyze the case from the perspective of the key frames that are integral to understanding the dynamics of the dispute. They also offer cross-case analyses of related conflicts.Conflicts examined include those over natural resource use, toxic pollutants, water quality, and growth. Specific conflicts examined are the Quincy Library Group in California; Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota; Edwards Aquifer in Texas; Doan Brook in Cleveland, Ohio; the Antidegradation Environmental Advisory Group in Ohio; Drake Chemical in Pennsylvania; Alton Park/Piney Woods in Tennessee; and three examples of growth-related conflicts along the Front Range of Colorado's Rocky Mountains.

Making Sense of Squiggly Lines

The Basic Analysis of Race Car Data Acquisition
Author: Christopher Brown
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780983259305
Category:
Page: 144
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This introductory book teaches the basic techniques of data analysis to help make race cars and drivers go faster. Six main channels are scrutinized including Speed, Engine RPM, Throttle Position, G Force Lateral, G Force Longitudinal and Steering Angle.

Making Sense of Sensors

End-to-End Algorithms and Infrastructure Design from Wearable-Devices to Data Centers
Author: Omesh Tickoo,Ravi Iyer
Publisher: Apress
ISBN: 1430265930
Category: Computers
Page: 117
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Make the most of the common architectures used for deriving meaningful data from sensors. This book provides you with the tools to understand how sensor data is converted into actionable knowledge and provides tips for in-depth work in this field. Making Sense of Sensors starts with an overview of the general pipeline to extract meaningful data from sensors. It then dives deeper into some commonly used sensors and algorithms designed for knowledge extraction. Practical examples and pointers to more information are used to outline the key aspects of Multimodal recognition. The book concludes with a discussion on relationship extraction, knowledge representation, and management. In today’s world we are surrounded by sensors collecting various types of data about us and our environments. These sensors are the primary input devices for wearable computers, IoT, and other mobile devices. The information is presented in way that allows readers to associate the examples with their daily lives for better understanding of the concepts. What You'll Learn Look at the general architecture for sensor based data Understand how data from common domains such as inertial, visual and audio is processed Master multi-modal recognition using multiple heterogeneous sensors Transition from recognition to knowledge through relationship understanding between entities Leverage different methods and tools for knowledge representation and management Who This Book Is For New college graduates and professionals interested in acquiring knowledge and the skills to develop innovative solutions around today's sensor-rich devices.

Making Sense of Normandy

A Young Man's Journey of Faith and War
Author: E. Carver McGriff
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781592993048
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 292
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Carver McGriff was 19 years old when he left Indiana and his innocence behind to join in the battle for freedom on one of the most important and bloodiest battlefields of World War II. In this book, McGriff gives a veteran's rare, first-hand account of the harsh realities of WWII combat-- not only the struggle for physical survival, but for emotional and spiritual survival as well.

Getting Started with Data Science

Making Sense of Data with Analytics
Author: Murtaza Haider
Publisher: IBM Press
ISBN: 0133991237
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 400
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Master Data Analytics Hands-On by Solving Fascinating Problems You’ll Actually Enjoy! Harvard Business Review recently called data science “The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century.” It’s not just sexy: For millions of managers, analysts, and students who need to solve real business problems, it’s indispensable. Unfortunately, there’s been nothing easy about learning data science–until now. Getting Started with Data Science takes its inspiration from worldwide best-sellers like Freakonomics and Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers: It teaches through a powerful narrative packed with unforgettable stories. Murtaza Haider offers informative, jargon-free coverage of basic theory and technique, backed with plenty of vivid examples and hands-on practice opportunities. Everything’s software and platform agnostic, so you can learn data science whether you work with R, Stata, SPSS, or SAS. Best of all, Haider teaches a crucial skillset most data science books ignore: how to tell powerful stories using graphics and tables. Every chapter is built around real research challenges, so you’ll always know why you’re doing what you’re doing. You’ll master data science by answering fascinating questions, such as: • Are religious individuals more or less likely to have extramarital affairs? • Do attractive professors get better teaching evaluations? • Does the higher price of cigarettes deter smoking? • What determines housing prices more: lot size or the number of bedrooms? • How do teenagers and older people differ in the way they use social media? • Who is more likely to use online dating services? • Why do some purchase iPhones and others Blackberry devices? • Does the presence of children influence a family’s spending on alcohol? For each problem, you’ll walk through defining your question and the answers you’ll need; exploring how others have approached similar challenges; selecting your data and methods; generating your statistics; organizing your report; and telling your story. Throughout, the focus is squarely on what matters most: transforming data into insights that are clear, accurate, and can be acted upon.

Ways of Social Change

Making Sense of Modern Times
Author: Garth Massey
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1506306632
Category: Social Science
Page: 416
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The world is at our fingertips, but understanding what is going on has never been more daunting. Garth Massey’s Ways of Social Change is a primer for making sense of both rapidly moving events and the cultural and structural forces on which social life is built, while teaching critical thinking skills needed to understand social change. With an approach that is fresh, timely, challenging, and engaging, Ways of Social Change shows students how social change is both a lived experience and the result of our actions in the world. It invites the reader into the realm of social science, where clarification, understanding, and inquiry provide for both informed opinions and a path to effective involvement. The core of the book focuses on five forces that powerfully influence the direction, scope and speed of social change: science and technology, social movements, war and revolution, large corporations, and the state. A concluding chapter encourages students to examine their own perspectives and offers ways to engage in social change, now and in their lifetime.

Blip, Ping, and Buzz

Making Sense of Radar and Sonar
Author: Mark Denny
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 9780801886652
Category: Science
Page: 274
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With twenty years' experience explaining technical concepts to non-experts in the radar industry, Mark Denny is the perfect guide to understanding just how remote sensing -- radar or sonar -- works. Weaving together interesting history and simple science, Denny reveals the world of echolocation to the curious student, technology buff, and expert alike.