This chart crime made me afraid to visit Amsterdam. https://twitter.com/AdamSinger/status/1612124828114321410 I had to rework it to stop the nightmares. Phew. Everyone looks normal now. … [Read more...]
Percentages or proportions?
Don't store percentages. Normalize them as proportions and format them as percentages for display. If you are representing 20%, record it as 0.2, regardless of how you present this to the user (for input or output). Having one approach keeps it simple. … [Read more...]
If you pay too much attention to social media these days, it appears that we're failing our clients if we don't present data as a narrative. Data storytelling is where it's at. Dataviz (data visualization) is so last year. This view does a disservice to both dataviz and data storytelling. It fails to appreciate the range of dataviz applications and, by watering down the definition of data … [Read more...]
Self-driving car from 1958
GM produced a self-driving car prototype...in 1958. There's a short documentary about it. Required wires in the road rather than machine learning. Presumably their PR machine said, "They'll be commercially viable by 1959." … [Read more...]
Gary Marcus addresses the nonsense in the popular press about Google's LaMDA AI system being sentient. He leads with a great quote, from Abeba Birhane, that sums up the whole thing. we have arrived at peak AI hype accompanied by minimal critical thinking … [Read more...]