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Lesson 3: Creating meaning from data

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Course Content   ::  Lesson 3  ::   Assignment 3

Reading

Tufte, E. R. (1983). Intro, Chapter 1, and Chapter 8, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information . Cheshire, Connecticut: Graphics Press.

Discussion

A historical account of diagrams
Which came first, relational diagrams or geographic diagrams? How do we know? Can you think of other examples, besides the ones Tufte gives, of early relationships that indicate causality? Point us to the web if you want to....

Small multiples
What's the story with small multiples? How is the use of these cognitively beneficial?

Minard diagram
Tufte loves this diagram (minard.jpg attached). Why? Do you agree with him, why or why not?

What else?
Is there anything else particularly compelling that you find from what you've read in Tufte?

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