Imagine being able to meet a dataset and get a sense of both its physical and behavioral traits. You would be able to get to know the data and understand the enduring dispositions or even forecast tendencies. Of course, multiple traits could embody the personality of data, so the question would quickly shift from “what if data had personality?” to “how do you show it?”
How do you show the characteristics of a dataset so the personality shines through? Julie Rodriguez discusses the idea of visualizing data to render its individual characteristics while simultaneously encapsulating and projecting out the personality of data.
Julie Rodriguez is vice president of product management and user experience at Eagle Investment Systems. An experience designer focusing on user research, analysis, and design for complex systems, Julie has patented her work in data visualizations for MATLAB and publishes industry articles on user experience and data analysis and visualization. She is the coauthor of Visualizing Financial Data, a book about visualization techniques and design principles that includes over 250 visuals depicting quantitative data.
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