It’s that time of year when we start getting the “best x of 2015″ posts. Nathan Yau of FlowingData just published his list of the best visualization projects. Yau reckons that this was the year of using visualization to teach about data and statistics.
My favorite is “Science Isn’t Broken” by Christie Aschwanden of FiveThirtyEight. It’s a visual interactive demonstration of how you can shape the results of a study through p-hacking (using US political parties and the economy as the example). The choices you make as to variables, data, methods, etc. have a significant impact on the outcomes of an analysis. Quantification and statistical significance are no guarantee of quality.