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campbell 04-26-2013 06:08 PM

Data Visualization stuff
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Just want to keep one thread on this.

I subscribe to Stephen Few's newsletter:

When I looked at these two maps, I instantly got what he meant.

Map 1:

campbell 04-26-2013 06:08 PM

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Map 2:

campbell 04-26-2013 06:09 PM

Nifty idea.

Evidently he has a forum as well:

campbell 04-26-2013 06:10 PM

Going to gather relevant posts from other threads...


Originally Posted by E (Post 4659000)
[I also posted this in the life forum.]

Very interesting TED talk by Gary Flake: [~6 min flash video]

One of the examples he shows involves mortality patterns.

The upshot is that data visualization technology will make it easier and more intuitive to start at a high level of abstraction and then go more granular as needed. I think actuaries have always been "in the business" of doing this, but in many ways this is much more upside down than conventional approaches.

Data visualization tools will probably be extremely common in a few years, as they offer a promising way to digest the extreme torrent of data coming from the web. It will also be interesting to see if actuaries can harness other new data sources from the web to model policyholder behavior, conduct BI, etc.

We'll probably be working with pivot tables "on steroids" in no time.

campbell 04-26-2013 06:11 PM

AndrewC 04-27-2013 01:11 PM

Try Excel 2013

If I have SOA membership geographic data, I would like to draw similar chart.

campbell 04-28-2013 01:38 PM

Well, you could ask the SOA ... (and i can think of less direct ways of getting the data)

campbell 05-03-2013 03:50 PM

A tour through the visualization zoo

campbell 05-03-2013 06:08 PM

I'm doing this now:

campbell 08-30-2013 03:42 PM


And I'll just pick out a few

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