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Part 2: COVID 19, and Why Chimps Are Better Than You at Making Sense of the World

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“Blinding ignorance does mislead us. O! Wretched mortals, open your eyes!” – Leonardo da Vinci Read: Part 1: COVID-19, and Why Chimps Are Better Than You at Making Sense of the World In the first installment of this two-part series, we reviewed the results of a study which showed that most people are not merely…
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Part 1: COVID-19, and Why Chimps Are Better Than You at Making Sense of the World

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“There is no room for facts when our minds are occupied by fear.” – Hans Rosling The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is the foremost subject on most people’s minds right now. Every day, we are bombarded with tonnes of information about the nature of the disease, how to protect ourselves, and what to expect going into…
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Why Cleaning Your Survey Data is a Waste of Time

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“Prevention is better than cure.” – Proverb Do you spend days cleaning your survey data at the end of the data collection process? Well, you might want to rethink your approach. Now, don’t get me wrong. There are many datasets for which it makes perfect sense to perform data cleaning. Survey data just isn’t one…
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5 Common Data Visualization Mistakes to Avoid

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“There is no such thing as information overload. There is only bad design.” – Edward Tufte It feels like data is everywhere these days. And it is. Few reports are complete without some form of data presentation. Eye-catching visualizations can be the difference between a dreary report and one that is both easy and informative…
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Part 3: How to work a pivot table like a pro

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In Part 2 of this series, we examined a few pivot table configurations and the types of summaries that can be created using them. We also discussed the concept of measures and dimensions. In this installment, we shall run through the actual process of preparing pivot tables. There are many tools for creating pivot tables….
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