Infographic: 11 Awesome Data Visualizations Way Ahead of Their Time

Readers:

Veronica Johnson from Investintech.com recently sent me this infographic that I want to share with you.

If you or your company have any insightful infographics or data visualizations you would like me to share, please feel free to e-mail them to me at michael@dataarchaeology.net.

All the best,

Michael

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Dataviz: Periodic Table of U.S. Coins

Readers:

PCGS CoinFacts has just released a poster of their Periodic Table of U.S. Coins. Here is the link to order it on Amazon.

Below are some screenshots from the poster.

Enjoy.

Michael

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Infographic: 4th of July by the Numbers (History Channel)

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Infographic: 2020 Internet of Things (IoT)

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Infographic: Murders of Marvel

Readers:

In honor of the Phoenix Comicon which is going on in downtown Phoenix this weekend, I thought I would shared an infographic related to comic books. The UK-based Morph Costumes recently created this infographic that ranks a number of Marvel characters by their kills. No character is left unscathed as it features both good and bad guys, as well-known as Iron Man and a bit more obscure like Malekith the Accursed.

I am more of a DC Comics guy than Marvel, but several of these were surprises. Hopefully, seeing the “hit list” will encourage you to read the comic series about the various characters.

Enjoy and happy comic reading!

Best regards,

Michael

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New York Times DataViz: 1.5 Million Missing Black Men

Source: JUSTIN WOLFERS, DAVID LEONHARDT and KEVIN QUEALY, 1.5 Million Missing Black Men, New York Times, The Upshot, April 20, 2015, http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/04/20/upshot/missing-black-men.html?abt=0002&abg=1&_r=3.

MMBM1In New York, almost 120,000 black men between the ages of 25 and 54 are missing from everyday life. In Chicago, 45,000 are, and more than 30,000 are missing in Philadelphia. Across the South — from North Charleston, S.C., through Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi and up into Ferguson, Mo. — hundreds of thousands more are missing.

They are missing, largely because of early deaths or because they are behind bars. Remarkably, black women who are 25 to 54 and not in jail outnumber black men in that category by 1.5 million, according to an Upshot analysis. For every 100 black women in this age group living outside of jail, there are only 83 black men. Among whites, the equivalent number is 99, nearly parity.

African-American men have long been more likely to be locked up and more likely to die young, but the scale of the combined toll is nonetheless jarring. It is a measure of the deep disparities that continue to afflict black men — disparities being debated after a recent spate of killings by the police — and the gender gap is itself a further cause of social ills, leaving many communities without enough men to be fathers and husbands.

Perhaps the starkest description of the situation is this: More than one out of every six black men who today should be between 25 and 54 years old have disappeared from daily life.

“The numbers are staggering,” said Becky Pettit, a professor of sociology at the University of Texas.

And what is the city with at least 10,000 black residents that has the single largest proportion of missing black men? Ferguson, Mo., where a fatal police shooting last year led to nationwide protests and a Justice Department investigation that found widespread discrimination against black residents. Ferguson has 60 men for every 100 black women in the age group, Stephen Bronars, an economist, has noted.

MMBM2The gap in North Charleston, site of a police shooting this month, is also considerably more severe than the nationwide average, as is the gap in neighboring Charleston. Nationwide, the largest proportions of missing men generally can be found in the South, although there are also many similar areas across the Midwest and in many big Northeastern cities. The gaps tend to be smallest in the West.

Incarceration and early deaths are the overwhelming drivers of the gap. Of the 1.5 million missing black men from 25 to 54 — which demographers call the prime-age years — higher imprisonment rates account for almost 600,000. Almost 1 in 12 black men in this age group are behind bars, compared with 1 in 60 nonblack men in the age group, 1 in 200 black women and 1 in 500 non-black women.

Higher mortality is the other main cause. About 900,000 fewer prime-age black men than women live in the United States, according to the census. It’s impossible to know precisely how much of the difference is the result of mortality, but it appears to account for a big part. Homicide, the leading cause of death for young African-American men, plays a large role, and they also die from heart disease, respiratory disease and accidents more often than other demographic groups, including black women.

MMBM3Several other factors — including military deployment overseas and the gender breakdown of black immigrants — each play only a minor role, census data indicates. The Census Bureau’s undercounting of both African-Americans and men also appears to play a role.

The gender gap does not exist in childhood: There are roughly as many African-American boys as girls. But an imbalance begins to appear among teenagers, continues to widen through the 20s and peaks in the 30s. It persists through adulthood.

MMBM4The disappearance of these men has far-reaching implications. Their absence disrupts family formation, leading both to lower marriage rates and higher rates of childbirth outside marriage, as research by Kerwin Charles, an economist at the University of Chicago, with Ming-Ching Luoh, has shown.

The black women left behind find that potential partners of the same race are scarce, while men, who face an abundant supply of potential mates, don’t need to compete as hard to find one. As a result, Mr. Charles said, “men seem less likely to commit to romantic relationships, or to work hard to maintain them.”

The imbalance has also forced women to rely on themselves — often alone — to support a household. In those states hit hardest by the high incarceration rates, African-American women have become more likely to work and more likely to pursue their education further than they are elsewhere.

The missing-men phenomenon began growing in the middle decades of the 20th century, and each government census over the past 50 years has recorded at least 120 prime-age black women outside of jail for every 100 black men. But the nature of the gap has changed in recent years.

Since the 1990s, death rates for young black men have dropped more than rates for other groups, notes Robert N. Anderson, the chief of mortality statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Both homicides and H.I.V.-related deaths, which disproportionately afflict black men, have dropped. Yet the prison population has soared since 1980. In many communities, rising numbers of black men spared an early death have been offset by rising numbers behind bars.

It does appear as if the number of missing black men is on the cusp of declining, albeit slowly. Death rates are continuing to fall, while the number of people in prisons — although still vastly higher than in other countries — has also fallen slightly over the last five years.

But the missing-men phenomenon will not disappear anytime soon. There are more missing African-American men nationwide than there are African-American men residing in all of New York City — or more than in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Detroit, Houston, Washington and Boston, combined.

MMBM5More information about this analysis can be found in an article about the methodology.

16 Kentucky Derby Hats for 2015

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Infographic: UFO typologies, 1967

Spotters Guide 1967Source: Bruce Sterling, UFO Typologies, 1967, Tumblr.com, http://brucesterling.tumblr.com/post/83397838150/ufo-typologies-1967.

Vantana Research: Who’s Hot in Analytics and Business Intelligence

Ventana Research recently completed a comprehensive evaluation of analytics and business intelligence products and vendors. Such research is necessary and timely as analytics and business intelligence is now a fast-changing market. Vantana’s Value Index for Analytics and Business Intelligence in 2015 scrutinizes 15 top vendors and their product offerings in seven keyvr_VI_BI_2015_Weighted_Overall categories: Usability, Manageability, Reliability, Capability, Adaptability, Vendor Validation and TCO/ROI. The analysis shows that the top supplier is Information Builders, which qualifies as a Hot vendor and is followed by 10 other Hot vendors: SAP, IBM, MicroStrategy, Oracle, SAS, Qlik, Actuate (now part of OpenText) and Pentaho.

The evaluations drew on Vantana’s research and analysis of vendors’ and products along with their responses to their detailed RFI or questionnaire, their own hands-on experience and the buyer-related findings from their benchmark research on next-generation business intelligence, information optimization and big data analytics. The benchmark research examines analytics and business intelligence from various perspectives to determine organizations’ current and planned use of these technologies and the capabilities they require for successful deployments.

Vantana found that the processes that comprise business intelligence today have expanded beyond standard query, reporting, analysis and publishing capabilities. They now include sourcing and integration of data and at later stages the use of analytics for planning and forecasting and of capabilities utilizing analytics and metrics for collaborative interaction and performance management. Their research on big data analytics finds that new technologies collectively known as big data vr_Big_Data_Analytics_15_new_technologies_enhance_analyticsare influencing the evolution of business intelligence as well; here in-memory systems (used by 50% of participating organizations), Hadoop (42%) and data warehouse appliances (33%) are the most important innovations. In-memory computing in particular has changed BI because it enables rapid processing of even complex models with very large data sets. In-memory computing also can change how users access data through data visualization and incorporate data mining, simulation and predictive analytics into business intelligence systems. Thus the ability of products to work with big data tools figured in their assessments.

In addition, the 2015 Vantana Research Value Index includes assessments of their self-service tools and cloud deployment options. New self-service approaches can enable business users to reduce their reliance on IT to access and use data and analysis. However, their information optimization research shows that this change is slow to proliferate. In four out of five organizations, IT currently is involved in making information available to end users vr_Info_Optimization_01_whos_responsible_for_information_availabilityand remains entrenched in the operations of business intelligence systems.

Similarly, their research, as well as the lack of maturity of the cloud-based products evaluated, shows that organizations are still in the early stages of cloud adoption for analytics and business intelligence; deployments are mostly departmental in scope. Vantana is still exploring these issues further in their benchmark research into data and analytics in the cloud, which will be released in the second quarter of 2015.

The products offered by the five top-rated com­pa­nies in the Value Index provide exceptional functionality and a superior user experi­ence. However, Information Builders stands out, providing an excep­tional user experience and a completely integrated portfolio of data management, predictive analytics, visual discovery and operational intelligence capabilities in a single platform. SAP, in second place, is not far behind, having made significant prog­ress by integrating its Lumira platform into its BusinessObjects Suite; it added pre­dictive analytics capabilities, which led to higher Usability and Capability scores. IBM, MicroStrategy and Oracle, the next three, each provide a ro­bust integrated platform of capabilities. The key differentiator between them and the top two top is that they do not have superior scores in all of the seven categories.

In evaluating products for this Value Index Vantana found some noteworthy innovations in business intelligence. One is Qlik Sense, which has a modern architecture that is cloud-ready and supports responsive design on mobile devices. Another is SAS Visual Analytics, which combines predictive analytics with visual discovery in ways that are a step ahead of others currently in the market. Pentaho’s Automated Data Refinery concept adds its unique Pentaho Data Integration platform to business intelligence for a flexible, well-managed user experience. IBM Watson Analytics uses advanced analytics and VR_AnalyticsandBI_VI_2015natural language processing for an interactive experience beyond the traditional paradigm of business intelligence. Tableau, which led the field in the category of Usability, continues to innovate in the area of user experience and aligning technology with people and process. MicroStrategy’s innovative Usher technology addresses the need for identity management and security, especially in an evolving era in which individuals utilize multiple devices to access information.

The Value Index analysis uncovered notable differences in how well products satisfy the business intelligence needs of employees working in a range of IT and business roles. Vantana’s analysis also found substantial variation in how products provide development, security and collaboration capabilities and role-based support for users. Thus, they caution that similar vendor scores should not be taken to imply that the packages evaluated are functionally identical or equally well suited for use by every organization or for a specific process.

To learn more about this research and to download a free executive summary, click here.

Source: Tony Cosentino, VP and Research Director, Ventana Research, April 22, 2015, http://blog.ventanaresearch.com/2015/04/22/whos-hot-in-analytics-and-business-intelligence/.

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