Thursday, March 31, 2016

How visualization can be harmful

Thanks to Yuri Engelhardt I've discovered this article by Jake Porway about how visualization can be misused, sometimes with harmful consequences. Porway makes many points worth discussing* in our community(es), but I'd like to highlight just the one in the pic below, as it connects with something I suggested a while back about making our data and models available.

*This is debatable, for instance: “People shouldn’t try to draw conclusions from pictures of data – we’re notoriously bad at that as humans – we should be building models and using scientific methods to learn from data.”