Data Massaging and Parsing

By | Published: May 13th, 2015

So your boss hands you a database and tells you to come back with dataviz on what it contains. This may be a straightforward task, but what if the database is not formatted the way you expected? What if it contains unnecessary fields? Sounds like you may need to massage the data. The ZingChart team recently performed some data massaging and has some helpful tips on the process.

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How to Format Series Data in ZingChart

By | Published: May 5th, 2015

ZingChart’s JavaScript charting library can create hundreds of different chart types. However, this means there are many, many ways to include series data. Keeping track of how to properly format series data can be cumbersome. So the ZingChart team has developed a tool to make it easier than ever to reference how to format series data for every chart type. 

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Visual Insights: Practical Tips for Data Analysis

By | Published: April 29th, 2015

We’ve talked a lot about data here on the ZingChart blog – data types, dataviz, data culture. But today we’re going to cover the minutiae of data analysis. Enter Visual Insights: A Practical Guide to Making Sense of Data, an MIT Press publication authored by Katy Börner and David E. Polley. This book is chock full of:

  • Beautiful visualizations
  • Helpful self-assessment quizzes
  • Hands-on tutorials

This book is designed to guide readers through the process of understanding their dataset and the best type of analysis to visualize the data. While the topic can get quite detailed, there are some key takeaways that anyone interested in dataviz can use on a regular basis.

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