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21 Examples of 'Real Life' Physical Infographics

21 Examples of 'Real Life' Physical Infographics | data duty | Scoop.it

Moving away from the Everthing-Is-Possible-Unicorn-Utopia of Illustrator is an interesting limitation, as well as a simplifying one. As designers we like to come up with creative ways to display information that will still blow your mind, despite any technical limitations. The real world isn't perfect, and therefore it may not be as accurate as abstract shapes like graph bars. Even though these visualizations still strive for accuracy, you will notice that the context of these graphics will become much more important than precision.


Via Lauren Moss, Karen Bastien
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I have a thing for "real life" data viz.

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nydia teter's curator insight, February 8, 2014 7:47 PM

Brilliant use of data and materials to create a 3D story. Wow.

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Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Work

Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Work - What's The Future of Work? - Medium

Two trends have been rapidly bringing the cost of machine learning down. For one, computing power is getting cheaper, as it always does. For the second, machine learning algorithms are becoming productized.


What this means is that many smaller scale business functions are about to feel the effects of machine learning. When it costs a million dollars to build an algorithm, only the largest companies apply machine learning to classifying their support tickets, organizing their sales database, or handling collections. But when it costs twenty dollars a month, everyone will do it.

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Design Pattern 1: Training Data > Supervised machine learning requires "training data" for every individual task their told to perform and it needs to be updated each time a new initiative is integrated. And it is humans that can better refine the training data. Design Pattern 2: Human-in-the-loop > Instead of machine learning replacing one job function at a time, machine learning actually replaces a job function. This makes the person doing the job increasingly more efficient. In some cases, this can lead to fewer jobs, but in others, this can create new markets and create more jobs for the same type of work. Design Pattern 3: Active Learning > Active learning is a design pattern that combines the first two patterns. The training data collected by the Human in the Loop can be fed into the algorithm to make it better. Algorithms learn like people ; novel, complicated situations help them learn much faster.
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Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media

Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media | data duty | Scoop.it
With links to Donald Trump, Steve Bannon and Nigel Farage, the rightwing American computer scientist is at the heart of a multimillion-dollar propaganda network
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21st century propaganda is a subtle twist in your interests. Big money from people like Robert Mercer fuel big data aimed at bending the truth in one direction: the right.

Find out in this article what are the ramifications between Breibart, the Brexit, Trump, etc... no doubt that a company like Cambridge Analytica will "offer to help" during the incoming French presidential election as well.
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Watch As 15 Years' Worth Of Earthquakes Shake The Planet

Watch As 15 Years' Worth Of Earthquakes Shake The Planet | data duty | Scoop.it
A wonderful interactive animation from NOAA shows you where every single earthquake in the last 15 years took place.
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"This animation shows every recorded earthquake in sequence as they occurred from January 1, 2001, through December 31, 2015, at a rate of 30 days per second. The earthquake hypocenters first appear as flashes then remain as colored circles before shrinking with time so as not to obscure subsequent earthquakes. The size of the circle represents the earthquake magnitude while the color represents its depth within the earth."

and a "flat" Youtube version is available here
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The Tree of Languages Illustrated in a Big, Beautiful Infographic

The Tree of Languages Illustrated in a Big, Beautiful Infographic | data duty | Scoop.it


Click image, then click again, to enlarge

Call it counterintuitive clickbait if you must, but Forbes' Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry made an intriguing argument when he granted the title of 'Language of the Future' to French, of all tongues.
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"“When linguists talk about the historical relationship between languages, they use a tree metaphor,” writes Mental Floss’ Arika Okrent. “An ancient source (say, Indo-European) has various branches (e.g., Romance, Germanic), which themselves have branches (West Germanic, North Germanic), which feed into specific languages (Swedish, Danish, Norwegian).” Sundberg takes this tree metaphor to a delightfully lavish extreme, tracing, say, how Indo-European linguistic roots sprouted a variety of modern-day living languages"

I'd love to see the same one for asia... 
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Video Reduces Kung Fu To Its Essence, And It's Gorgeous

Video Reduces Kung Fu To Its Essence, And It's Gorgeous | data duty | Scoop.it
Something about these visualizations by media artist Tobias Gremmler is making me see the martial arts anew. As spotted by Prosthetic Knowledge, motion captured from a kung fu fighter is filtered through various schemes of computer-generated graphics to produce living sculptures that are strongly reminiscent of work by Universal Everything. And as a viewer, you’re left with just the forms and none of the violence—martial art becomes abstract art.
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Variation 4 .1 made me think of Aaron Koblin's excellent work on Radiohead's House of Cards music video

Only without the nerdy randomness that was so appealing at the time. Here there is projection, a vivid sense of movement.

Other variations are more in the line of what mocap can produce, but it's still great to watch as the "projected then vanishing motion vizualization still provide this beautiful sense of movement.
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Δ S > 0 • nemfrog: Frontispiece. Crust of the Earth as related to zoology

Δ S > 0 • nemfrog: Frontispiece. Crust of the Earth as related to zoology | data duty | Scoop.it

Frontispiece. Crust of the Earth as related to zoology. Outlines of comparative physiology. 1851.
(via scientificillustration)

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intriguing 

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Marvel’s New "Uberframework" Graphs Every Character In The Universe

Marvel’s New "Uberframework" Graphs Every Character In The Universe | data duty | Scoop.it
The business of heroes needs saving from the crushing weight of its own data. The Marvel team thinks they’ve built a solution: a massive database that uses graph theory to give fans a simple take on characters that span comics, movies, and video games.

Via siobhan-o-flynn
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Darkness.com ☥'s curator insight, February 19, 2015 4:19 AM

Wow. Just wow. The physical representation of the Marvel universe's characters... is absolutely breathtaking. Visually, it's just... wow. I know, but hell, is there any other word for it? Graphed out, it actually looks like a Universe; or well, a Miniverse, --the complexity of the Universe itself is infinite, the complexity of the Marvel Universe is finite, --and this is just one of the stunning graphics you can see on the source.


Some of the other visual graphics for the Marvel universe are multicolored, but... phew. I want this in my house. Like, as a giant mural, covering one wall; do you think if it was blown up against one big wall, you could see all the characters and names? All their relationships? My ex-husband would stare at something like that for hours, and most likely, go into serious nerd overload. He might even have a seizure. The Marvel universe is... beautiful. 

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Fascinating Relief Maps Show The World's Mountain Ranges

Fascinating Relief Maps Show The World's Mountain Ranges | data duty | Scoop.it

These interesting relief maps have been created by Anton Balazh with elements furnished by NASA.

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removing all forms of human alteration is VERY refreshing

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#JeSuisCharlie | CartoDB

#JeSuisCharlie | CartoDB | data duty | Scoop.it
Geotagged Tweets mentioning #JeSuisCharlie, Paris time zone, January 7, 2014
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Very moving map. I can't help but noticing where the Tweets do NOT come from though, it's hard.

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Population Lines Print

Population Lines Print | data duty | Scoop.it

“Population Lines” shows population density by latitude

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Joy Division style!

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Wind Animation Map ESRI JS API

Wind Animation Map ESRI JS API | data duty | Scoop.it

 Clean visualisation of Wind Currents across the world
 http://esri.github.io/wind-js/
 

data source: US National Weather Service

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one of the most beautiful data visualization I have ever seen.

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A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life | data duty | Scoop.it

This visualization displays the data for one random NYC yellow taxi on a single day in 2013. See where it operated, how much money it made, and how busy it was over 24hrs.

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There was probably a data flow that recently open on NY Taxi Cab because here is another project that is very similar.

 

http://www.hubcab.org/#17.00/40.74091/-73.97471

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Visualizing Algorithms

Visualizing Algorithms | data duty | Scoop.it

Algorithms are a fascinating use case for visualization. To visualize an algorithm, we don’t merely fit data to a chart; there is no primary dataset. Instead there are logical rules that describe behavior. This may be why algorithm visualizations are so unusual, as designers experiment with novel forms to better communicate. This is reason enough to study them.

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Mike Bostock is the author of the d3.js library ( http://d3js.org/ ;). He works for the New York Times, and is at the origin of all the impressive data visualizations they do.


Here he goes at length explaining all the reasoning behing algorithms visualization. Deep. Beautiful.

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Two Centuries of US Immigration Vizualized

Two Centuries of US Immigration Vizualized | data duty | Scoop.it
Watch 200 years of U.S. immigration history in one animated map. Migration flows are visualized as colored dots, each one representing 10,000 people.
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This map highlight 200 years of US immigration, highlighting the initial German-driven flux (with UK) then Italy, Mexico to finish with  more global flux in the 80/90s
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Diehard Coders Just Rescued NASA’s Earth Science Data

Diehard Coders Just Rescued NASA’s Earth Science Data | data duty | Scoop.it
Like similar groups across the country—in more than 20 cities—they believe that the Trump administration might want to disappear this data down a memory hole. So these hackers, scientists, and students are collecting it to save outside government servers.

But now they’re going even further. Groups like DataRefuge and the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, which organized the Berkeley hackathon to collect data from NASA’s earth sciences programs and the Department of Energy, are doing more than archiving. Diehard coders are building robust systems to monitor ongoing changes to government websites. And they’re keeping track of what’s already been removed—because yes, the pruning has already begun.
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Sadly, "Data Duty" hardly ever been illustrated better than what is currently happening in the USA. The Trump administration is destryong data evidence of climate change the same way Nazis burned books by pacifists, feminists and the likes.

But the hopeful note is to see all these skilled and devoted people get together to actually save the data. Or at least try to do so.

They create bridges and improve  the resilience of the system - and become allies doing so. A truly beautiful thing.
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Snake Oil Supplements? Scientific evidence for popular health supplements

Snake Oil Supplements? Scientific evidence for popular health supplements | data duty | Scoop.it
Do echinacea & Vitamin C kill colds? Will turmeric, goji berries or wheatgrass help you live to 150? The supplements that pass randomised, controlled trials...and the ones that are snake oil.
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It is not because no scientific data and clinical test are there that some of these "supplements" are not working... but it helps to know which one did pass some scientific tests indeed.

Note: You might see multiple bubbles for certain supplements. These is because some supps affect a range of conditions, but the evidence quality varies from condition to condition.
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Heavy Metal and Natural Language Processing - Part 1

Heavy Metal and Natural Language Processing - Part 1 | data duty | Scoop.it
To get the lyrics, I scrapped www.darklyrics.com. While darklyrics doesn't have a robots.txt file, I tried to be gentle with my requests. After cleaning the data up, identifying the languages and splitting albums into songs, we are left with a dataset containing lyrics to 222,623 songs from 7,364 bands spread over 22,314 albums.
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"I haven't had much experience playing with natural language, so I decided to try out a few techniques on a dataset I scrapped from the internet: a set of heavy metal lyrics (and associated genres)." says the author

Great read \m/ ><  \m/
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How BuzzFeed News Used Betting Data To Investigate Match-Fixing In Tennis

How BuzzFeed News Used Betting Data To Investigate Match-Fixing In Tennis | data duty | Scoop.it
[author] analsyzed ata from 26,000 professional matches from 2009 to 2015. Which is really a lot. Bookmakers adjust the odds depending on how people are betting on a match. So [he] looked at the odds that 7 major sports books initially offered for each match, and then compared them with the final odds, to see how far they had shifted.
Via Karen Bastien
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Well?.. he might have found at least one :)

"For one player, I identified 16 matches for which bookmakers revised his odds of winning downward by at least 10 percentage points.

He lost 15 of the 16 matches, including some in which he started as a heavy favorite."
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Tree of Life (~3,000 species, based on rRNA sequences)

Tree of Life (~3,000 species, based on rRNA sequences) | data duty | Scoop.it

David M. Hillis, Derrick Zwickl, and Robin Gutell, University of Texas. 
About this Tree: This tree is from an analysis of small subunit rRNA sequences sampled from about 3,000 species from throughout the Tree of Life. The species were chosen based on their availability, but we attempted to include most of the major groups, sampled very roughly in proportion to the number of known species in each group (although many groups remain over- or under-represented). The number of species represented is approximately the square-root of the number of species thought to exist on Earth (i.e., three thousand out of an estimated nine million species), or about 0.18% of the 1.7 million species that have been formally described and named.

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I don't know if the "groups" they started with are the most relevant, but I guess they did their homework and I find this visualization very  interesting as it highlights how marginal human beings are on this planet.

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Visual Mapping of Twitch and Our Communities, 'Cause Science!

Twitch has grown so quickly this year that  it’s hard to keep track of all the amazing subgroups and communities that call Twitch home. To illustrate this, our Science team has recently been building visual maps of the Twitch world and we’re thrilled to share them with you! NOTE: Visualization and layout were completed using an open source tool called Gephi. Click any image to enlarge.

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the data viz are beautiful!

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The Modern Beauty of 19th-Century Data Visualizations

The Modern Beauty of 19th-Century Data Visualizations | data duty | Scoop.it
These high-quality poster reproductions from an 1870s statistical atlas are at once gorgeously designed and utterly antiquated.
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" info-nerds at Vintage Visualizations, a project of the Brooklyn Brainery [...] reproduced a number of the LOC's Civil War-era data visualizations in high-quality poster prints

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Wikipedia transformé en une nébuleuse infinie de connaissance | The Creators Project

Wikipedia transformé en une nébuleuse infinie de connaissance | The Creators Project | data duty | Scoop.it

un jeune étudiant ingénieur Français, Owen Cornec a créé une Chrome Experiment qui voit l’encyclopédie en ligne Wikipedia transformée en un immense réseau interactif d’articles.

 

http://www.polyfra.me/

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Exploring filters linking articles together is great

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Messages in the Deep

Messages in the Deep | data duty | Scoop.it
See how the age of connectivity is made possible by intricate networks of copper and glass stretching millions of miles across the bottoms of our oceans.
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scroll down to the map. It is interactive so you can filter by country, cable owner and scroll through time - from 1989 to now

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A Dead-Simple Tool That Lets Anyone Create Interactive Maps | Design | WIRED

A Dead-Simple Tool That Lets Anyone Create Interactive Maps | Design | WIRED | data duty | Scoop.it

Tableau [is] a software company that turns heaps of data into visualizations for the common man: teachers, doctors, journalists, you name it. To make those tools clearer and cleaner, they recently partnered with Stamen Design, to release three new map templates, which anyone can play around with by downloading Tableau’s free software.

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"the entire point of Tableau’s software update is to create a sophisticated cartography tool for anyone. Map-makers simply upload a .csv file of data into Tableau, and then get to select a template from Stamen’s canon of maps."

 

robust and free

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Violence and guns in best-selling video games – interactive

Violence and guns in best-selling video games – interactive | data duty | Scoop.it
Research into connections between gun violence and video games to violence in real life has been inconclusive. As the hype for the latest in the Grand Theft Auto series builds up, a Guardian analysis of the top 50 video games sold in 2012 found more than half contain violent content labels, as assigned by an independent video game rating board (ESRB). Overall, one-third have weapons that depict real-life firearms
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interesting visualization. Interactive roll-over feature improve readability a lot!

 

As for the topic, it obviously demonstrates what Miyamoto recently said about the video game industry's creativity being "immature". Indeed it is. Relying almost solely on the urge to headshot one another in various settings and with various calibers.

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