Visualization of Multidimensional Data
Professional Seminar in Geospatial Technologies
Meets fortnightly, 2010 Sept 7 to Nov 16, 7:30-9:30 PM
UMBC GES 679-2
Department of Geography & Environmental Systems
The Universities at Shady Grove, Rockville MD
Location: Shady Grove Kendall 2115
Lee De Cola LDECOLA@COMCAST.NET
DATA to Insight, Reston VA
hours: 10:00-18:00 Eastern Time (GMT-5)
Phone: 01 703 709-6972
*Read through the page indicated, see link for my notes.
Wainer, Howard 2009 Graphic discovery: a trout in the milk and other visual adventures. Princeton NJ, Princeton University Press.
PREREQUISITE: A course in statistics
OBJECTIVES - By the end of the seminar series you should be able to:
See the dimensions of data – WHAT | WHEN | WHERE?
Choose appropriate displays for data description, analysis, and visualization
Design easy-to-interpret tables, datagraphics, and maps
Ensure that everything in a graphic has a purpose
Reveal multivariate relationships that lead to insight
Interpret and critique exhibits
In-class lab exercises
Assignments due fortnightly
Final project presented in the last class
Spreadsheet (e.g. Excel)
R language (recommended)
Recommended references and sources
- Few, S. 2009 Now you see it: simple visualization techniques for quantitative analysis. Oakland CA, Analytics press.Murrell, P. 2006 R graphics. Boca Raton FL, Chapman & Hall/CRC.
- Tufte, E. R. 2001 The visual display of quantitative information. Cheshire CT, Graphics Press (of his currently 4 books I think this is still the best).
- Wong, D. M. 2009 The Wall Street journal guide to information graphics. New York, W.W. Norton & Co.
The Economist magazine.
The New York Times.
The Washington Post.
BIOGRAPHYI run DATA to Insight, a data visualization consulting and training enterprise. In 2010 I retired after 21 years as a research scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston Virginia, where I used GIS and applied statistics to understand landscape dynamics and the health of regions and their inhabitants. I have published on such topics as land cover and urban systems complexity, spatial forecasting for public health, fractals in geography, and urbanization in Africa. I currently teach at various universities in the National Capital region; and have taught at universities in Vermont, West Virginia, and southern California. I also participate in GIS training at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. My favorite activities are playing the clarinet and kayaking.
Ph.D., Geography 1984, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
Course work for the Ph.D. in Economics and Planning 1971-74, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Master of City Planning 1969, University of California, Berkeley, specialization in systems and quantitative methods in planning.
B.A., Mathematics 1967, University of California, Berkeley.