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Raising the Bar on Stacked Bar Charts

Unfortunately, and more often than is good for my mental health, I encounter data being ineffectively displayed in stacked bar charts. Which phenomenon leads to my “Question of the Day”: When should we present our healthcare data in a stacked … Continue reading

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And Around We Go… Again

As I mature (and boy, is aging a high price to pay for maturity), I find I have very little need or even desire to win an (never mind every) argument, or to prove that I’m right about something. I … Continue reading

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Really Big Goals

Like a lot of people I am a big goal-setter. I especially love BHAG’s [pronounced “Be- hags”?]: Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals. You know: the ones based on no logic or well-developed plan whatsoever, but rather conjured up by the sheer … Continue reading

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Postcard from New Zealand

It has been almost a month since my return to the States, following a truly gratifying professional engagement with the Canterbury Health District and Health Informatics New Zealand (HINZ). If you’ve ever had the pleasure of traveling to New Zealand, … Continue reading

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My Bin or Yours?

I am writing this newsletter from my coach seat (28F, window) on United flight UA1292 from Boston to San Francisco. Funny how inspiration for a newsletter about healthcare data visualization and histogram bins can show up in the tightest spots. … Continue reading

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The 2015 Hammock Chronicles

Greetings from Bustins Island, Maine — where accomplishing as little as humanly possible is the only measure of a successful day. To that end, I am a total overachiever at underachieving, and damn proud of it. So far this week, … Continue reading

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Is That a Zero In Your Data (or are you just glad to see me)?

I am highly suspicious of line graphs displaying the number zero (0). I am in fact so suspicious of them that when I see one, I hear myself inquiring (in a most dubious tone of voice), “Is the value shown … Continue reading

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Let This Chart Fall Off Your Radar

Don’t you just hate things that look really cool but simply don’t work? You know: the fancy all-in-one kitchen gizmo that cuts nothing but your fingers, or the software that’s supposed to “boost processing speed by 64%” and has made … Continue reading

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“Lower is Better” – Flip the Display!

Several years ago, we bought a house with a truly fabulous kitchen-high-end everything, including a German-engineered faucet that brought us to our knees trying to figure out how to turn it on. (I kid you not: this was a literal … Continue reading

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Children Can Kill You

Every time my daughter Annie would pull some heart-stopping, daredevil stunt in the swimming pool, on the ski slopes, or while roller-blading with her friends, I would hear two distinct voices in my head. The first was my mother’s as … Continue reading

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