On looking beyond two dimensions

I’ve just written a post over at the NGRAIN blog, On looking beyond two dimensions.

If you don’t look at your data it can deceive you. That was true in two dimensions and is true above. If we live in a world of bivariate visualization we will miss important complex patterns because we are not looking for them. The third dimension must be considered when using visualization in analysis just as it must be rejected as a means to jazz up uninspiring pie charts.

Data Visualization Lead at NGRAIN

It’s worth announcing that last month I took a position as Data Visualization Lead at NGRAIN in Vancouver, Canada.

NGRAIN’s vision is to see beyond reality, and to help people accelerate decisions by interacting with the world’s data in 3D. To make that concrete, we are currently developing cutting edge Augmented Reality applications for the industrial enterprise. 3D data visualization is notoriously difficult to execute, but in Augmented Reality we will no longer have a choice but to confront it, as our reality is 3D. Bringing my expertise to this problem will be an exciting challenge and will require great care.

What you see here will continue to be my own views and not those of NGRAIN. I will, however, likely be publishing on NGRAIN’s blog and cross-promoting here.

My Ontario Sunshine List work in the CBC News

Just some shameless self-promotion. You can find my work cited in the CBC News from today.

Kazi Stastna writes Sunshine List 2014: Ontario’s list drives salaries up, not down and includes:

Ontario pathologists did just that and saw their Sunshine List salaries increase by 20 to 25 per cent between 2011 and 2012, compared with the 2.2 per cent average for the list as a whole, according to an analysis done by data blogger Aleksey Nozdryn-Plotnicki.

Nozdryn-Plotnicki found that this inflationary effect is greatest at the upper echelons of the Sunshine List, with the salaries of the 1,000 highest-paid workers rising 7.2 per cent between 2011 and 2012, compared with 2.2 per cent for the bottom half of the list.


They are, of course, referring to my work:

For those outside of Canada, the CBC, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is a public entity and major player in the Canadian news media market. It’s my personal number one source for Canadian news.