Informatics 143 – Exploring
This assignment is due on Tuesday, May 12 (before the start
of class at 3:30 as usual).
The first step is to create an account on Many Eyes.
- Go to http://services.alphaworks.ibm.com/manyeyes/home
The second step is to find a data set, edit it / clean it up,
upload it, and visualize it.
find a dataset, go to the Census Bureau’s Statistical Abstract web page,
an Excel file that interests you, and download it.
- Add a
new sheet to the downloaded Excel file for your edited / cleaned up data,
and copy the main data onto that sheet.
the copy on the new sheet, so that extraneous rows are gone and all column
headings are meaningful.
your data into Many Eyes, and give it meaningful meta
several visualizations of your data.
a visualization that is particularly meaningful and interesting, and
another that may look good but doesn’t convey any interesting
relationships in the data. Publish
each of those, with helpful names.
The third step is to upload a short report to
Checkmate. The report can be in Word (not
.docx), text, or PDF format. Briefly describe the data and how you manipulated
the data. Did you remove columns or
rows? Give the Many Eyes names of your
two visualizations, and explain in short paragraphs why the good one is good
and the bad one is bad.