Data Visualization is as fascinating as it will ever be. If numbers are the characters having a unique personality, then Data Visualization is the story that binds them together! Not only visualization makes the interpretation easier for the decision makers, but it also reveals crucial insights from within the data. This is probably the reason why Data Visualization experts are in high demand and professional Tableau training by accredited institutes like PST Analytics is shooting up. Let us begin with the fundamentals now.
What is Data Visualization?
Data Visualization is simply the representation of the data in the graphical format for easier interpretation, so that the individuals can grasp its significance.
Why Data Visualization?
The human brain is designed for faster visual processing than the mathematical, linguistic or logical processing. The proverb, “A picture is worth a thousand words” fits well in this context. To enable businesses, organizations and individuals make ‘sense’ of the correlations between certain parameters, numbers and events; To undertake this efficiently, Data Visualization comes as a boon.
Every day, tons of information flows in and out of the human society in the form of structured/unstructured data- at the individual, business and international levels. If one would go to the lengths of capturing such information and plotting it over the screen, wonderful patterns and trends speak up.
Following is the list of some cool, captivating and interactive Data Visualization examples inspired by the Real-world. Take a look!
U.S Flight Trends before Thanksgiving 2015
Thanksgiving is a time of elated spirits for Americans and it is well reflected by Google Flights. On the day before Thanksgiving of 2015, the visualization chart begins capturing the flights-To and From USA on both Domestic and International routes. As the time lapses, one can figure out the most popular time and day of flights and most popular destinations within and outside the country. This chart is a simple yet powerful example of simple Data visualization- How things move about a given space within a given time frame.
Checkout the Data Visual here.
In our day to day lives, we are too busy figuring out life, often forgetting about other cultures and languages that power them. Thanks to this amazing and interactive visualization that accurately places all the 2678 world languages on the world map. This visualization signifies most spoken languages and in which location they are spoken the most. With this graphic, one can easily explore common language families and how they propagated into a given region over time.
This World Languages infographic is a stellar example of Data Storytelling in the most easy-to-interpret format. Check it out here.
Here is the fun one for you! You might have used public transit services like the Public buses and MTR systems. Ever seen a group of buses arriving together at the stop when they were supposed to be running at equally spaced intervals? Well, this is called ‘Bus Bunching.’ When a single bus gets delayed even by a small interval, the whole route gets affected and the buses begin to bunch. Thus, a delay in one bus leads to delay in others to avoid bunching.
This phenomenon is beautifully explained by this Data Visualization simulation. You can operate this small simulation and delay any of the 2 buses by any amount of time. They will start bunching together! The longer the delay is, the faster the bunching occurs. The shorter the delay, bunching takes longer to occur. You can reset the whole model, keep a track of the number of boarding/de-boarding passengers, checkout the history of a stop and play it all over again.
Go ahead and checkout this amazing Data simulation here. Try not to have too much fun!
What is Causing Global Warming?
As much as this is interactive and fun, this Data Visualization model is also reflects upon the negative impact of human activity on the planet. This Data model published by Bloomberg draws a detailed comparison between various factors that contribute to rising temperature of the planet. As the user scrolls down, the graph moves with different warming elements plotting themselves on the screen. All the natural and man-made factors are taken into account. At last, the culprit is found to be the Greenhouse gases that are actually responsible for average global temperature rise.
In the wake of the recent skepticism against global warming and its driving factors, this Data Visual is a clear, evident and irrefutable piece of years of research that speaks otherwise. Go ahead and check out this infographic here and believe the numbers!
Syrian War Crisis: Friends & Enemies
Syria is one unfortunate nation, always in the news for bombings and war crimes waged by terrorist organizations, rebels and resistance forces. However, with the chaos in the news, many people find it hard to comprehend as to who is fighting whom, who is a friend with whom, and who is neutral towards whom. And so, to make it easier to understand the crisis clearly, this Data Table was created. It is a solid example Relational table in context of a present day problem.
Checkout the table here!