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Amanda Shankle-Knowlton
Your data are speaking. Are you listening? A graph can help you find hidden patterns, and may also be able to tell a story better than a whole paper full of words. Please join me as I explore the world using pictures.

## Everybody's Customizing Pie Charts

by ashankle on Friday, July 27, 2012 7:50 AM

Have a great Friday and weekend, everybody!

If you're not familiar with the reference, read up here.

## Does the number of jobs gained or lost impact Presidential Elections?

by ashankle on Friday, July 06, 2012 1:11 PM

One thing you have to do when making graphs is to be sure that your graph actually makes things easier for your reader. If it is too convoluted or “scary” looking, it turns your reader off and makes them wish you just gave them a list of written facts or a column of numbers instead.

I have a tale about a messy graph. It is fresh on my mind.

## How likely is a seven-game NBA Finals series?

by ashankle on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 9:27 AM

It’s been many, many years since I’ve cared about the NBA Finals.  But one of the two teams is from my home town of Oklahoma City.  In the past few years, the city in which I grew up went from having no basketball team, to having a mediocre basketball team, to having a great basketball team.  It makes me vicariously proud, like the first time I saw my daughter write her name legibly or dunk her first basketball on an NBA regulation goal*.

## Six Years at StatSoft!

by ashankle on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 9:38 AM

Six years ago today I started my employment at StatSoft. It was a different era – George W. Bush was in the White House.  We’d never had a female Speaker of the House. Regular unleaded gas averaged \$2.95 a gallon and X-Men: The Last Stand was hitting theaters.

What else has changed?

## What American Women Do For Work, via NPR

by ashankle on Friday, May 04, 2012 9:00 AM

NPR has a pretty neat data visualization on their blog.  The post concerns American women and the job sectors in which they work.

I’m referring specifically to the set of pie charts in the middle of the post.  Two time periods. Two sexes. Thirteen job sectors.  So much information conveyed in so little space.

## Which countries spend the most time learning math?

by ashankle on Friday, April 27, 2012 9:51 AM

We like math here at StatSoft. When our company posts a geeky link on its Facebook page, a bunch of StatSoft employees will soon ‘like’ it and repost it to their own pages. And you had best bring a pie to share on Pi Day (though this is merely my personal request rather than official company policy).

Of course, love for math is not universal – at least when love is measured by hours spent learning it.

## Do Seed Numbers Predict NCAA Tournament Winners?

by ashankle on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 8:55 AM

Last night, I filled in my brackets for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. I spent more time trying to decide whether VCU would beat Wichita State in the first round than I did actually watching college basketball this year. But I'm not going to let my ignorance stop me from having a good time. To aide in my research, I did what any narcissistic blogger does: consulted the blog post I wrote last year on this subject.

## Surely this will warm your heart; A birthday message with a chart

by ashankle on Friday, March 02, 2012 8:38 AM

To celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday

I thought I’d honor him in a special way.

For Hop on Pop was a first book I read.

And now I read it with my daughter as I put her to bed.

Here is something to make you laugh.

I put his book sales in a GRAPH.

## Visualizing Medical Data

by ashankle on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 7:33 AM

I love my friends. When they see a nerdy graph or a fun data set, sometimes they’ll share it with me as blog-spiration.

This is how I became the proud owner of some real-life blood pressure data, as my friend has been requested by their doctor to record this information several times a day. As with any new dataset, I tried out several types of graphs to see which type provided the most useful information. I looked for outliers in the data so that we could investigate and explain them. I also looked for ways to categorize the information in the data set that might help me tease out patterns that are hidden within overall trends.

## Which NFL Team has lost Super Bowls in Four States?

by ashankle on Friday, January 27, 2012 8:42 AM

Next Sunday, February 5, the New York Giants and the New England Patriots will play in Super Bowl XLVI. I’m not a huge American football fan, but I do typically watch the Super Bowl, just so I can keep up with pop culture and to hear what kind of music the kids are listening to these days.

I took a trip through Super Bowls past on Wikipedia. I played with the data in several ways, but these Categorized Pie Charts were my favorite. I had hoped to make a prediction of who would win the game based on the location of the game, but unfortunately the Super Bowl has never been played in Indiana before.

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