Monthly Archives: April 2015

Cool charts? Says who?

A number of years ago I attended a day-long seminar on information design provided by the renowned expert, Edward Tufte. While I admire and have great respect for his work, I took exception to a couple of his comments. “There … Continue reading

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What’s your analytical composition?

Gene Zelazny, the former McKinsey communications specialist, in his book Say It With Charts, claims that in our analysis we are really making only one of five types of comparisons: 1. Time Series: How a variable changes with time 2. … Continue reading

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Poor writing leads to war!

The importance of brevity and clarity in our presentations can’t be overstated. On July 25, 1918, Serbia responded to a set of ten demands from Austria-Hungary stemming from the assassination of the Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand. As G.J. Meyer writes … Continue reading

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The laborious (and valuable) task of data preparation

In my last two analytical posts (the past two Mondays), I emphasized the challenges inherent in designing the analyses necessary to prove or disprove our ideas. My overarching point was that rarely does data and analysis align perfectly in a … Continue reading

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