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10 Forbes articles on visualization, by Naomi Robbins

She's an expert in visualization, and you can check her website at www.nbr-graphs.com.

About Naomi Robbins

Here are some of her recent articles:

Post 1 month ago
How to Position Y-Axis Labels in Graphs
This post is motivated by a comment on my blog post Line Charts Are Not Always the Best Way to Show Time Series. The comment by Meic Goodyear said, “A small point, but you could improve your Figure 2 chart by aligning the label on the vertical axis horizontally to make it more legible.” Here I will state my position on the placement of labels on [...]
Post 1 month ago

Before and After Expenditures Figures from Ramon Martinez
I received one more revised graph from Ramon Martinez in response to my offer in Visualizing the Table of the Graph Makeover Contest. I had said, “I’d be happy to post before and after figures if any of you want to redo your entries with the suggestions that the other reviewers and I made.” Figure 1 shows Ramon’s original [...]
Post 1 month ago

Misleading Newspaper Graph
Newspapers are expected to check facts and report accurately. Why, then, should they not also be expected to check their charts and graphs and ensure that they are accurate. Figure 1 appears on page 13 of the February 4, 2013 issue of NJBIZ.
My measurements show that  the green square is about 9% of the total square and the blue [...]
Post 2 months ago

Before and After Expenditures Figures from Kristian Pedersen
Kristian Pedersen also submitted a revised graph in response to my offer in Visualizing the Table of the Graph Makeover Contest. I had said, “I’d be happy to post before and after figures if any of you want to redo your entries with the suggestions that the other reviewers and I made.” Figure 1 shows Kristian’s original figure [...]
Post 2 months ago

An Example Where Circles are Useful in Graphs
I recently saw the infographic in Figure 1 and thought to myself, “Another application of bubbles in infographics.” After all, I criticized circles and bubbles in Misleading Graphs: Figures Not Drawn to Scale. In The Functional Art, Alberto Cairo wrote “No fashion plague is more prevalent as I write this book than the bubble.” I didn’t study [...]
Post 2 months ago

Before and After Expenditures Figures from Carlos Ortega
In Visualizing the Table of the Graph Makeover Contest I said, “I’d be happy to post before and after figures if any of you want to redo your entries with the suggestions that the other reviewers and I made.” Carlos Ortega took me up on my offer. Figure 1 shows his original figure and Figure 2 his redrawn one.
There are [...]
Post 2 months ago

Parallel Coordinate Plots: Another Alternative for the Consumer's E...
There was a discussion in the comments to the Graph Makeover Contest concerning the use of slope plots and parallel coordinate plots when we are not plotting against time.  I wrote to Alfred Inselberg, author of the book Parallel Coordinates: Visual Multidimensional Geometry and Its Applications, asking if he wanted to join the [...]
Post 2 months ago

Deceptive Donut Chart
I came across the graph in Figure 1 while making my year end contributions. The source is a non-profit organization that provides invaluable services to our society, so I’d rather not name it here.
Please look at the wedge labeled Management & General 7% and then Development 10%. Need I say more?
Post 3 months ago

Line Charts Are Not Always the Best Way to Show Time Series
I bought a personal mobile hotspot recently when I found myself in an apartment with internet that was so slow it was useless. I was counting on access to the internet to get necessary work done and to provide telephone service. The mifi unit saved my trip. I only wish their graphic monitoring my usage was as good as their product. Figure 1 [...]

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