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Remembering Hans Rosling

LIAR, LIAR?
How to Spot Visualization Lies
“It used to be that we’d see a poorly made graph or a data design goof, laugh it up a bit, and then carry on. At some point though — during this past year especially — it grew more difficult to distinguish a visualization snafu from bias and deliberate misinformation.” - FlowingData

KNOW YOUR OPTIONS
Guide to Encoding Categorical Values in Python
There are a ton of ways to turn categorical variables from text attributes into numerical values. Here’s how to implement the many options offered by pandas and scikit-learn on your own datasets. - Practical Business Python

WHAT COMES NEXT
Data Humanism, the Revolution will be Visualized.
The second wave of data visualization will value complexity, personalization, and imperfection over simplification, efficiency, and infallibility. - Giorgia Lupi

DEVELOPER DOWNTIME
The top weekend programming languages — based on GitHub’s activity
Which languages do people prefer to code in their spare time? - Felipe Hoffa

People are talking about: Hans Rosling

Data visualization expert Hans Rosling, who’s perhaps most famous for his TED talk “The best stats you’ve ever seen,” passed away last week. Many members of the visualization community wrote tributes celebrating his tremendous impact.

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