How Visualization Can Mislead Us — and what we can do about it.

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Location: Carey Auditorium

Data Visualization expert Alberto Cairo will be on campus to discuss his new book. Scientists, designers, and journalists who create data visualizations often believe that "a picture is worth a thousand words", that we should "show, don't tell", that data should "speak for itself", and that visualizations are "intuitive" and useful to "simplify" information. This talk explains why these myths if taken at face value, are wrong and dangerous, and what we can do to become better readers and designers of data visualizations.

 

This event is free and open to the public.