Meaningful Graphs

Converting Data Into Informative Excel Charts
Author: James M. Smith
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780986054907
Category: Computers
Page: 228
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Meaningful Graphs is a concise and practical go-to guide for creating charts in Excel (r) that clearly and accurately tell the story in your data. It incorporates (a) explanations of the graph design principles of the experts (Tufte, Few, Robbins, Zelazny, and others), (b) the software steps necessary to incorporate these principles into Excel (r) charts, and (c) chart-related discussions of quality improvement (including Pareto charts), statistics (including run charts and correlations), and the use of graphs in PowerPoint (r) presentations (including chart animation). Also included are numerous "Tips" and "In Practice" examples drawn from over 35 years of working with data in healthcare settings. Coverage begins with highlighting the importance of knowing the story in your data and general principles of chart design (e.g., chartjunk, the use of color, consideration of three dimensional charts) and then proceeds to examine and create the five major chart types (column, bar, line, pie, scatter). This is followed by considerations of the pros and cons of each of the six less frequently employed chart types. There are over 120 graphs in full color plus tables and illustrations. Discussions of the most useful chart types include examples with accompanying data to facilitate practice. While illustrations are especially tailored for healthcare professionals (physicians, nurses, patient safety, quality improvement staff, executives, and managers) both in their work setting and in their academic preparation, the principles of graph design and the Excel (r) techniques required to incorporate these principles apply equally well in other settings. The latter include other industries and academic programs, including those leading to degrees in business administration (MBA), public health (MPH), and public administration (MPA). If you follow the advice in this book, the graphs you create for reports, presentations, posters, or publications will be more informative and more easily understo

Excel 2013 Charts and Graphs


Author: Bill Jelen
Publisher: Que Publishing
ISBN: 013325951X
Category: Computers
Page: 464
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Use Excel 2013’s radically revamped charting and graphing tools to communicate more clearly, powerfully, and quickly… so you drive your message home, and get the decisions and actions you’re looking for! This book reveals data visualization techniques you won’t find anywhere else and shows you how to use Excel 2013 to create designer-quality charts and graphs that stand out from the crowd. It will help you make the most of new features ranging from Power View to Recommended Charts, and instantly share your insights with anyone, anywhere–even on the Web and social networks. Learning advanced Excel techniques has never been easier. You’ll find simple, step-by-step instructions, real-world examples and case studies, and more than a dozen YouTube videos, straight from MrExcel! • Create stunning data visualizations instantly with Excel 2013’s new Recommended Charts • Use charts to instantly reveal trends, differences, and relationships • Map your data with Excel 2013, MapPoint, and the new GeoFlow add-in • Quickly generate combo charts that once required complex, frustrating procedures • Use sparklines to imbue worksheets with more context and insight • Highlight and clarify the meaning of data with DataBars, color scales, icon sets, and other conditional formatting tools • Post charts to Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, directly from Excel • Build stock charts that help you make smarter investments • Solve “non-standard” problems such as noncontiguous data or custom data sequences • Generate new charts automatically with Excel VBA • Uncover visual tricks that people use to lie with Excel About MrExcel Library: Every book in the MrExcel Library pinpoints a specific set of crucial Excel tasks and presents focused skills and examples for performing them rapidly and effectively. Selected by Bill Jelen, Microsoft Excel MVP and mastermind behind the leading Excel solutions website MrExcel.com, these books will: • Dramatically increase your productivity–saving you 50 hours a year or more • Present proven, creative strategies for solving real-world problems • Show you how to get great results, no matter how much data you have • Help you avoid critical mistakes that even experienced users make

Data at Work

Best practices for creating effective charts and information graphics in Microsoft Excel
Author: Jorge Camões
Publisher: New Riders
ISBN: 0134268784
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 448
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Information visualization is a language. Like any language, it can be used for multiple purposes. A poem, a novel, and an essay all share the same language, but each one has its own set of rules. The same is true with information visualization: a product manager, statistician, and graphic designer each approach visualization from different perspectives. Data at Work was written with you, the spreadsheet user, in mind. This book will teach you how to think about and organize data in ways that directly relate to your work, using the skills you already have. In other words, you don’t need to be a graphic designer to create functional, elegant charts: this book will show you how. Although all of the examples in this book were created in Microsoft Excel, this is not a book about how to use Excel. Data at Work will help you to know which type of chart to use and how to format it, regardless of which spreadsheet application you use and whether or not you have any design experience. In this book, you’ll learn how to extract, clean, and transform data; sort data points to identify patterns and detect outliers; and understand how and when to use a variety of data visualizations including bar charts, slope charts, strip charts, scatter plots, bubble charts, boxplots, and more. Because this book is not a manual, it never specifies the steps required to make a chart, but the relevant charts will be available online for you to download, with brief explanations of how they were created.

Excel Charts


Author: John Walkenbach
Publisher: Wiley
ISBN: 9780764517648
Category: Computers
Page: 552
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* One of the world's best-known Excel experts shows how to master the charting features in Excel 2000 and 2002 to create compelling graphic representations of data * Covers basic and advanced features, focusing on the new charting featuresprovided in version 2002 * Explains how to select charts for different categories of data, modify data in a chart, deal with missing data, format charts, customize shapes, and give charts a professional look

Storytelling with Data

A Data Visualization Guide for Business Professionals
Author: Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1119002265
Category: Mathematics
Page: 288
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Don't simply show your data—tell a story with it! Storytelling with Data teaches you the fundamentals of data visualization and how to communicate effectively with data. You'll discover the power of storytelling and the way to make data a pivotal point in your story. The lessons in this illuminative text are grounded in theory, but made accessible through numerous real-world examples—ready for immediate application to your next graph or presentation. Storytelling is not an inherent skill, especially when it comes to data visualization, and the tools at our disposal don't make it any easier. This book demonstrates how to go beyond conventional tools to reach the root of your data, and how to use your data to create an engaging, informative, compelling story. Specifically, you'll learn how to: Understand the importance of context and audience Determine the appropriate type of graph for your situation Recognize and eliminate the clutter clouding your information Direct your audience's attention to the most important parts of your data Think like a designer and utilize concepts of design in data visualization Leverage the power of storytelling to help your message resonate with your audience Together, the lessons in this book will help you turn your data into high impact visual stories that stick with your audience. Rid your world of ineffective graphs, one exploding 3D pie chart at a time. There is a story in your data—Storytelling with Data will give you the skills and power to tell it!

Data Smart

Using Data Science to Transform Information into Insight
Author: John W. Foreman
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118839862
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 432
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Data Science gets thrown around in the press like it's magic. Major retailers are predicting everything from when their customers are pregnant to when they want a new pair of Chuck Taylors. It's a brave new world where seemingly meaningless data can be transformed into valuable insight to drive smart business decisions. But how does one exactly do data science? Do you have to hire one of these priests of the dark arts, the "data scientist," to extract this gold from your data? Nope. Data science is little more than using straight-forward steps to process raw data into actionable insight. And in Data Smart, author and data scientist John Foreman will show you how that's done within the familiar environment of a spreadsheet. Why a spreadsheet? It's comfortable! You get to look at the data every step of the way, building confidence as you learn the tricks of the trade. Plus, spreadsheets are a vendor-neutral place to learn data science without the hype. But don't let the Excel sheets fool you. This is a book for those serious about learning the analytic techniques, the math and the magic, behind big data. Each chapter will cover a different technique in a spreadsheet so you can follow along: Mathematical optimization, including non-linear programming and genetic algorithms Clustering via k-means, spherical k-means, and graph modularity Data mining in graphs, such as outlier detection Supervised AI through logistic regression, ensemble models, and bag-of-words models Forecasting, seasonal adjustments, and prediction intervals through monte carlo simulation Moving from spreadsheets into the R programming language You get your hands dirty as you work alongside John through each technique. But never fear, the topics are readily applicable and the author laces humor throughout. You'll even learn what a dead squirrel has to do with optimization modeling, which you no doubt are dying to know.

Analyzing Business Data with Excel

Forecasting, Statistics, and Data Management
Author: Gerald Knight
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
ISBN: 9780596553463
Category: Computers
Page: 266
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As one of the most widely used desktop applications ever created, Excel is familiar to just about everyone with a computer and a keyboard. Yet most of us don't know the full extent of what Excel can do, mostly because of its recent growth in power, versatility, and complexity. The truth is that there are many ways Excel can help make your job easier-beyond calculating sums and averages in a standard spreadsheet. Analyzing Business Data with Excel shows you how to solve real-world business problems by taking Excel's data analysis features to the max. Rather than focusing on individual Excel functions and features, the book keys directly on the needs of business users. Most of the chapters start with a business problem or question, and then show you how to create pointed spreadsheets that address common data analysis issues. Aimed primarily at experienced Excel users, the book doesn't spend much time on the basics. After introducing some necessary general tools, it quickly moves into more specific problem areas, such as the following: Statistics Pivot tables Workload forecasting Modeling Measuring quality Monitoring complex systems Queuing Optimizing Importing data If you feel as though you're getting shortchanged by your overall application of Excel, Analyzing Business Data with Excel is just the antidote. It addresses the growing Excel data analysis market head on. Accountants, managers, analysts, engineers, and supervisors-one and all-will learn how to turn Excel functionality into actual solutions for the business problems that confront them.

I See what You Mean

Visual Literacy K-8
Author: Steve Moline
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
ISBN: 1571108408
Category: Education
Page: 265
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Some educators may view diagrams, pictures, and charts as nice add-on tools for students who are visual thinkers. But Steve Moline sees visual literacy as fundamental to learning and to what it means to be human. In Moline's view, we are all bilingual. Our second language, which we do not speak but which we read and write every day, is visual. From reading maps to decoding icons to using concept webs, visual literacy is critical to success in today's world. The first edition of I See What You Mean, published in 1995, was one of the first books for teachers to outline practical strategies for improving students' visual literacy. In this new and substantially revised edition, Steve continues his pioneering role by including dozens of new examples of a wide range of visual texts--from time maps and exploded diagrams to digital tools like smartphone apps and "tactile texts." In addition to the new chapters and nearly 200 illustrations, Steve has reorganized the book in a useful teaching sequence, moving from simple to complex texts. In one research strategy, called recomposing, Steve shows how to summarize paragraphs of information not as a heap of "interesting facts" but as a diagram. The diagram can then work as a framework for students to follow when writing an essay. This overcomes the teacher's problem of "cut and paste" essays, and, by following their own diagram-summary, students have an answer to their familiar questions, "Where do I start? What do I write next?

Good Charts

The HBR Guide to Making Smarter, More Persuasive Data Visualizations
Author: Scott Berinato
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
ISBN: 1633690717
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 264
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Dataviz—the new language of business A good visualization can communicate the nature and potential impact of information and ideas more powerfully than any other form of communication. For a long time “dataviz” was left to specialists—data scientists and professional designers. No longer. A new generation of tools and massive amounts of available data make it easy for anyone to create visualizations that communicate ideas far more effectively than generic spreadsheet charts ever could. What’s more, building good charts is quickly becoming a need-to-have skill for managers. If you’re not doing it, other managers are, and they’re getting noticed for it and getting credit for contributing to your company’s success. In Good Charts, dataviz maven Scott Berinato provides an essential guide to how visualization works and how to use this new language to impress and persuade. Dataviz today is where spreadsheets and word processors were in the early 1980s—on the cusp of changing how we work. Berinato lays out a system for thinking visually and building better charts through a process of talking, sketching, and prototyping. This book is much more than a set of static rules for making visualizations. It taps into both well-established and cutting-edge research in visual perception and neuroscience, as well as the emerging field of visualization science, to explore why good charts (and bad ones) create “feelings behind our eyes.” Along the way, Berinato also includes many engaging vignettes of dataviz pros, illustrating the ideas in practice. Good Charts will help you turn plain, uninspiring charts that merely present information into smart, effective visualizations that powerfully convey ideas.

Excel 2013: The Missing Manual


Author: Matthew MacDonald
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
ISBN: 1449359515
Category: Computers
Page: 1020
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The world’s most popular spreadsheet program is now more powerful than ever, but it’s also more complex. That’s where this Missing Manual comes in. With crystal-clear explanations and hands-on examples, Excel 2013: The Missing Manual shows you how to master Excel so you can easily track, analyze, and chart your data. You’ll be using new features like PowerPivot and Flash Fill in no time. The important stuff you need to know: Go from novice to ace. Learn how to analyze your data, from writing your first formula to charting your results. Illustrate trends. Discover the clearest way to present your data using Excel’s new Quick Analysis feature. Broaden your analysis. Use pivot tables, slicers, and timelines to examine your data from different perspectives. Import data. Pull data from a variety of sources, including website data feeds and corporate databases. Work from the Web. Launch and manage your workbooks on the road, using the new Excel Web App. Share your worksheets. Store Excel files on SkyDrive and collaborate with colleagues on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Master the new data model. Use PowerPivot to work with millions of rows of data. Make calculations. Review financial data, use math and scientific formulas, and perform statistical analyses.

Excel 2007 Charts


Author: John Walkenbach
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118050843
Category: Computers
Page: 576
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Excel, the top number-crunching tool, now offers a vastly improved charting function to help you give those numbers dimension and relativity. John Walkenbach, a.k.a. Mr. Spreadsheet, clearly explains all these charting features and shows you how to choose the right chart for your needs. You’ll learn to modify data within the chart, deal with missing data, format your chart, use trend lines, construct “impossible” charts, create charts from pivot tables, dress them up with graphics, and more. Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

On the Move to Meaningful Internet Systems: OTM 2015 Conferences

Confederated International Conferences: CoopIS, ODBASE, and C&TC 2015, Rhodes, Greece, October 26-30, 2015. Proceedings
Author: Christophe Debruyne,Hervé Panetto,Robert Meersman,Tharam Dillon,Georg Weichhart,Yuan An,Claudio Agostino Ardagna
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319261487
Category: Computers
Page: 678
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This volume constitutes the refereed proceedings of the Confederated International Conferences: Cooperative Information Systems, CoopIS 2015, Ontologies, Databases, and Applications of Semantics, ODBASE 2015, and Cloud and Trusted Computing, C&TC, held as part of OTM 2015 in October 2015 in Rhodes, Greece. The 30 full papers presented together with 15 short papers were carefully reviewed and selected from 144 initial submissions. The OTM program every year covers data and Web semantics, distributed objects, Web services, databases, information systems, enterprise workflow and collaboration, ubiquity, interoperability, mobility, grid and high-performance computing.

Exchanging Data Between SAS and Microsoft Excel

Tips and Techniques to Transfer and Manage Data More Efficiently
Author: William E. Benjamin
Publisher: SAS Institute
ISBN: 1629596892
Category: Computers
Page: 290
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Master simple-to-complex techniques for transporting and managing data between SAS and Excel William Benjamin's Exchanging Data between SAS and Microsoft Excel: Tips and Techniques to Transfer and Manage Data More Efficiently describes many of the options and methods that enable a SAS programmer to transport data between SAS and Excel. The book includes examples that all levels of SAS and Excel users can apply to their everyday programming tasks. Because the book makes no assumptions about the skill levels of either SAS or Excel users, it has a wide-ranging application, providing detailed instructions about how to apply the techniques shown. It contains sections that gather instructional and syntactical information together that are otherwise widely dispersed, and it provides detailed examples about how to apply the software to everyday applications. These examples enable novice users and power developers alike the chance to expand their capabilities and enhance their skillsets. By moving from simple-to-complex applications and examples, the layout of the book allows it to be used as both a training and a reference tool. Excel users and SAS programmers are presented with tools that will assist in the integration of SAS and Excel processes in order to automate reporting and programming interfaces. This enables programming staff to request their own reports or processes and, in turn, support a much larger community.

How to Lie with Statistics


Author: Darrell Huff
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393070873
Category: Mathematics
Page: 144
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Over Half a Million Copies Sold--an Honest-to-Goodness Bestseller Darrell Huff runs the gamut of every popularly used type of statistic, probes such things as the sample study, the tabulation method, the interview technique, or the way the results are derived from the figures, and points up the countless number of dodges which are used to full rather than to inform.

R Graphics Cookbook


Author: Winston Chang
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
ISBN: 1449316956
Category: Computers
Page: 396
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Dashboards for Excel


Author: Jordan Goldmeier,Purnachandra Duggirala
Publisher: Apress
ISBN: 1430249455
Category: Computers
Page: 542
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This book takes a hands-on approach to developing dashboards, from instructing users on advanced Excel techniques to addressing dashboard pitfalls common in the real world. Dashboards for Excel is your key to creating informative, actionable, and interactive dashboards and decision support systems. Throughout the book, the reader is challenged to think about Excel and data analytics differently—that is, to think outside the cell. This book shows you how to create dashboards in Excel quickly and effectively. In this book, you learn how to: Apply data visualization principles for more effective dashboards Employ dynamic charts and tables to create dashboards that are constantly up-to-date and providing fresh information Use understated yet powerful formulas for Excel development Apply advanced Excel techniques mixing formulas and Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) to create interactive dashboards Create dynamic systems for decision support in your organization Avoid common problems in Excel development and dashboard creation Get started with the Excel data model, PowerPivot, and Power Query