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Ben lives in the Seattle area, and is an engineering (UCLA, 2000) and business (California Lutheran University, 2011) graduate working for Tableau Software managing the Tableau Public product (download for free at www.tableaupublic.com). Views expressed on this blog are Ben’s and do not represent the views of his employer. Ben enjoys spending time with his family (wife, Sarah and sons, Aaron – 10 and Simon – 8), hiking, playing sports, and reading.
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To Pie Chart or Not to Pie Chart?

Posted on April 27, 2016 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

Oh, the poor, maligned pie chart. The chart type that gets pushed around and bullied on the data-viz playground more than any other. Randal Olsen of /r/dataisbeautiful ran a Twitter poll asking, “Do you think pie charts should be banned from #dataviz?” Scientific or not, nearly two in five responded affirmatively:…


To Optimize or to Satisfice When Visualizing Data?

Posted on March 30, 2016 at 10:04am 0 Comments

Is there a single “best” way to visualize data in a particular scenario and for a particular audience, or are there multiple “good enough” ways?

That’s the debate that has resurfaced on Stephen Few’s and Cole Nussbaumer’s blogs recently.

In summary, Stephen says, “Is there a…


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