Visualizing A Single Number

Tim Bock shows a dozen methods for visualizing a single number:

There are a number of situations in which it can be advantageous to create a visualization to represent a single number:

  • To communicate with less numerate viewers/readers;

  • Infographics and dashboards commonly use one important number;

  • To attract the attention of distracted or busy viewers/readers;

  • To add some humanity or “color”, to create an emotional connection;

  • Or to increase the redundancy of the presentation (see Improve the Quality of Data Visualizations Using Redundancy).

To a great extent, my favorite is the first.  There are good cases for many of the others—primarily the shock value of the uncountable pictogram—but typically, the best visualization is simple.

Related Posts

R 3.5.0 Released

Tal Galili announces that R 3.5.0 is now available: By default the (arbitrary) signs of the loadings from princomp() are chosen so the first element is non-negative. If –default-packages is not used, then Rscript now checks the environment variable R_SCRIPT_DEFAULT_PACKAGES. If this is set, then it takes precedence over R_DEFAULT_PACKAGES. If default packages are not specified on the command line or by one […]

Read More

Issues Starting ML Services

Jen Stirrup has a quick rundown of some reasons why Machine Learning Services might give you an error when you try to start it up: Msg 39023, Level 16, State 1, Procedure sp_execute_external_script, Line 1 [Batch Start Line 3] ‘sp_execute_external_script’ is disabled on this instance of SQL Server. Use sp_configure ‘external scripts enabled’ to enable […]

Read More

Categories

September 2017
MTWTFSS
« Aug Oct »
 123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
252627282930