Communicating data science: Why and (some of the)

This is the third post in the series on communicating data science. For an interview with a storytelling expert and a guide to presenting an analysis, check out the communicating data science tag. As an undergraduate, I took a class on ancient Peruvian counting systems. In it we learned about how quipus, cords of varying colors and lengths tangled in knots, were used to record and transmit data. The instruments, also suggestively referred to as talking knots, demonstrate the human tendency to distill the mildly context-sensitive complexities of natural language to simpler, perceptually compelling units of communication. The size and number of knots, a tint of color, the length of a cord. Fast forward a few centuries and we’ve witnessed the rapid evolution and spread of data visualization as a…


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