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Show me the data visualization?!

Data Visualization is something Pathfinder grapples with regularly in our medical and healthcare software development projects.  Often times, you know you have great data, data that could help your customers really improve the way they work.  But, this data is largely locked away in database tables or at best behind fairly cryptic charts.   The challenge is often simple enough, present this great
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Launched: MetroPulse Analytics and Mapping Platform

We just completed a yearlong project for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning with the successful Launch of MetroPulse, an analytics and mapping platform that allows government officials, press outlets and concerned citizens to access 20,000 data sets on 200+ different indicators that track quantifiable issues throughout Chicagoland. It’s interactivity and location-based visualization capabilities will
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Data Visualization is About More than Just Pretty Pictures

Too often in software development projects, we’re asked to provide what I would call thoughtless reports. By this I mean a collection of tables and charts that depict and enumerate standard relationships. There’s nothing wrong with the reports themselves, mind you — we know how to present relationships in graphical form. No, the problem is that no one has given much thought to the relationships that
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Nice List of Data Visualization Tools

Theresa Neil over at InsiderRIA has a nice post about 28 data visualization tools. You could google these yourself, but she’s actually put together a bunch of screen shots and collected them all in one place. If we’re honest about it, these aren’t really “data visualization” tools. They’re some decent graphing and charting libraries. Data visualization is more than just pretty pict
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Flex Widget for Graphing Elections and Debt

[SWF]http://www.pathf.com/sites/pfd/flash/zeitlupe/Zeitlupe.swf, 500, 475, dataLocation=http://www.pathf.com/sites/pfd/flash/zeitlupe/[/SWF] We’ve been building a lot of mapping/GIS data visualization applications over the last few months, mostly using flex with various back end services (ArcGIS, google and yahoo maps, open source mapping frameworks.) One of the more fun little projects was putting together thi
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3D Data Visualization in Adobe Air

[SWF]http://www.pathf.com/sites/pfd/flash/player.swf, 520, 330, file=http://media1.www.pathfinder-development.com/assets/AirDat/3DFlex2.mov&image=http://www.pathf.com/sites/pfd/img/cases/3dflexview.png[/SWF] As part of our ongoing development in the air traffic logistics and weather forecasting space, we developed a three-dimensional prototype for tracking flight path data and meteorological readings using Flex,
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Thinking About Displaying Data in a Pie Chart? Think Again.

From John Graham-Cumming, an excellent point about pie charts: they fail to convey information as well as bar or line charts. Why? Apparently, people aren’t able to perceive changes in area nearly as well as they perceive changes in length. It’s easy to see in this example from Wikipedia. Something to consider next time you’re designing that executive dashboard. Related Services: User Experience Des
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Aesthetics and Web Design

Patrick Lynch over at A list apart has just written a great article about the role of aesthetics in web design.  In it, he specifically deals with the question of how much of a role visual aesthetic design should play in the design of web sites.  To answer the question, he delves into the somewhat controversial notion of visual decision making–the idea that aesthetics can help users in their decision making and
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Hedge Fund Analytics in Flex

Please install Flash to see this video player! We just published a case study on a Hedge Fund Analytics application developed in Flex. It’s an extensible Flex based platform for real time analysis of hedge fund performance data, with dynamically updating charts, graphs and sophisticated filters for cumulative performance, return distribution, alpha, beta and correlations, commissions and fees, credit and sector
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Flare vs. Axiis

After a long time of searching for the right data visualization framework for Flash Platform, some time ago I’ve put my money on Flare which is based on a Java framework called Prefuse. I have been very happy with it and haven’t looked back until a new framework of same purpose crossed my way – Axiis. Before anything else said, Axiis is a brand new framework so I have to give it some credit if all t
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