Day 74 of 180 Days of Data Viz Learning #jfdi

I’m doing some form of data visualization learning for 180 days because I need to #JFDI.  See post explaining how and why I’m doing this.

Code Learning:

  • Functions in Eloquent Javascript
    • Three Takeaways (trying to drill key terms down)
      • “Being able to reference a specific instance of local variables in an enclosing function—is called closure.”
      • “A good mental model is to think of the function keyword as “freezing” the code in its body and wrapping it into a package (the function value). So when you read return function(...) {...}, think of it as returning a handle to a piece of computation, frozen for later use.”
      • “It is perfectly okay for a function to call itself, as long as it takes care not to overflow the stack. A function that calls itself is called recursive.”

Reading and Learning Data Visualization Theoretically/Critically:

Reading Nathan Yau’s book Data Points – Visualization that Means Something

p. 211-229 Readability and Highlighting

Three Takeaways

  • “Clutter is the enemy of readability”  Use negative space to separate visual elements as necessary. p 217
  • Use highlighting to guide readers to important points in graphic, eg pointing out Joey Chestnut and Takeru Kobayashi in hotdog eating contest bars p. 223
  • “Where your highlighting fits in the hierarchy, be sure the new visual cues don’t conflict with existing ones.  If you have a bar chart that uses length as a visual cue, you obviously do not highlight with length, too.  Have a scatter plot?  Don’t highlight with position.  Heat map?  Highlight with the color palette rather than introduce hues that change visual patterns.” p 227
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