I like visualisations, particularly map-based ones. Done well, it’s as if they give you superpowers or a microscope or telescope – you can see something that normally is hidden from you. They help you to understand something, and in business that often means they help you to make a decision. Below is a visualisation that … Continue reading How far away from here is the most distant bit of the UK?
Yes, it's another amazing piece of artwork, showing my amazing artistic skill and drawing tools. If you missed my previous effort, have a look at a previous post on statistics - although I think that the previous post's artistic style is influenced by Wait, But Why, and this one is more influenced by xkcd. I've … Continue reading The emotional rollercoaster of automation projects
Introduction This post is in a series about computers, speech and language: Why are speech and language interfaces useful? What makes speech and language interfaces hard to create? Part 1: Overview What makes speech and language interfaces hard to create? Part 2: Speech What makes speech and language interfaces hard to create? Part 3: Language … Continue reading When is a speech and language interface a poor choice?
Introduction In this post I analyse a pack of Top Trumps. I've long had an itch in my brain that it would be interesting to do this. Playing with several different packs as child, I built up an impression that there was a general pattern in the packs, and I wanted to see if this … Continue reading Visualising a pack of Top Trumps
Introduction Before we can get into testing, first I will explain the BI database and how it’s created. BI is short for Business Intelligence. It can mean different things to different people, but the definition I’m going to use is some form of storing data in a way that helps people to make decisions. It … Continue reading Testing data preparation for a BI database
For me, the most important part of a visualisation isn't the visualisation at all. The most important part is the reaction it provokes, which should be equivalent to: Oh yes, now I get it. Actually, you often want things to continue on from this, so you get Oh yes, now I get it. Therefore ... … Continue reading Visualisations and the stories behind them