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Picturing the uncertain world : how to understand, communicate, and control uncertainty through graphical display

Author: Howard Wainer
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2009.
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From the publisher. This book explores how graphs can serve as maps to guide us when the information we have is ambiguous or incomplete. Using a visually diverse sampling of graphical display, from heartrending autobiographical displays of genocide in the Kovno ghetto to the "Pie Chart of Mystery" in a New Yorker cartoon, Wainer illustrates the many ways graphs can be used{u2014}and misused{u2014}as we try to make  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Howard Wainer
ISBN: 9780691137599 0691137595 9780691152677 0691152675
OCLC Number: 276340779
Description: xviii, 244 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: The most dangerous equation --
Curbstoning IQ and the 2000 presidential election --
Stumbling on the path toward the visual communication of complexity --
Using graphs to simplify the complex : the Medicare drug plan as an example --
A political statistic --
A Catch-22 in assigning primary delegates --
Testing the disabled : using statistics to navigate between the Scylla of standards and the Charybdis of court decisions --
Ethnic bias or statistical artifact? : Freedle's folly --
Insignificant is not zero : musing on the College Board's understanding of uncertainty --
How long is short? --
Improving data displays --
Old Mother Hubbard and the United Nations --
Depicting error --
The Mendel effect --
Truth is slower than fiction --
Galton's normal --
Nobody's perfect --
When form violates function --
A graphical legacy of Charles Joseph Minard : two jewels from the past --
La diffusion de quelques idées : a master's voice --
Numbers and the remembrance of things past.
Responsibility: Howard Wainer.

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Explores how graphs can serve as maps to guide us when the information we have is ambiguous or incomplete. Using a sampling of graphical display, from autobiographical displays of genocide in the  Read more...

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"In Picturing the Uncertain World, Howard Wainer approaches this problem through stories, and every one is a gem. This is territory that has long been dominated by the books of Edward Tufte ... but Read more...

 
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