This One’s For Darcy

Darcy’s in the midst of enjoying the wonders of buying and selling real estate right now. With that in mind, here’s a great example of how data represenation changes how useful data presentations can be.

Here’s a typical graph of the sale prices for houses in the U.S.

House Prices Graph

Here’s another way of looking at it – like a rollercoaster track.

Data visualization is an interesting topic – presenting simple data in different manners allows different trends and aspects to be highlighted and exposed. This is just a fun example. Another good example would be Minard’s map of the advance of Napolean’s Grande Armée into Russia in 1812.

And here’s a project from IBM called “Many Eyes” that allows people to upload their data and and share different visualizations with others. Now how cool is that!

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