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.
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 ArmÃ©e 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!