Adam Hyland - Visualizing Uncertainty

Data visualization is often used to bring clarity to complex or diffuse subjects, but this vision often comes at the expense of showing uncertainty and dispersion to readers. This talk will cover methods for indicating model uncertainty and sources of error as well as dispersion in data without sacrificing clarity of presentation. Examples (both good and bad) will be drawn from coverage of the past presidential election and we'll have fun exploring solutions in R and ggplot2.

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About Adam:

Adam Hyland is an economist and software developer based out of Boston. He has been working with R since 2010 and when he isn't writing software he makes cool articles on Wikipedia.

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  • Mark S.

    I announced that we are hiring visualization/ UI designers at but unfortunately I had to leave at 8:30. If anyone is interested please contact me. I enjoyed the presentation-- interesting topic!

    1 · February 15, 2013

  • Merlin C.

    Well spoken, gave real life examples, able to engage crowd with out going off topic, and kept my interest on a new topic.

    1 · February 14, 2013

  • William S H.

    Excellent speaker - very good, thought-provoking, educational presentation - how to present uncertainty to non-scientists and the need for rigor in presenting uncertainty in data visualizations.

    1 · February 14, 2013

  • Irene

    Hash tag is #bostondatavis

    1 · February 14, 2013

  • Merlin C.

    Hey whats the #hashtag for the group?

    February 14, 2013

  • Steven Max P.

    Very sorry to miss this valuable session, but I need to stay late to finish some things. See you next time.

    February 14, 2013

  • John M.

    change of plans,
    cannot make it

    February 14, 2013

  • Rita R.

    Sorry, smth came up and I can't make it

    February 14, 2013

  • Vivek G.

    Sorry, last minute change.

    February 14, 2013

  • Dag H.

    Sorry for last minute change but this should open up two spaces for others. Good luck and have fun.

    February 14, 2013

  • Ben P.

    A friend of mine would love to attend. If anyone is passing on the meetup due to the holiday, please let me know!

    February 14, 2013

  • Adam L.

    V-day is booked for me also. Will slides/video be available afterward?

    February 11, 2013

    • J. Nathan M.

      I will try to liveblog

      February 11, 2013

    • Adam L.

      Sweet. Thanks Adam & Nathan. Looking forward to both!

      February 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    fulbright scholar an digital artist, massart boston

    February 10, 2013

  • James S.

    Looks like a great talk, but can't do v-day

    February 8, 2013

  • Mark S.

    Looking forward to it

    January 18, 2013

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