Visualisation tools: Many Eyes
Why am I always playing catch up? Not much chance to post over the last few days but I have been browsing around as usual and one of the things that caught my eye was something I wanted to give more space too than a simple Delicious bookmark
Mark S. Luckie posted an article on various Presidential candidate speeches analyzed using tag clouds on his 10,000 words blog (thanks Mark). A nice article about visualisation, with some interesting points.
Speech visualization is not just for politics, but for any great talk or monologue that could benefit from a quick analysis. Just for kicks I analyzed the last seven 10,000 words posts and the most frequent words were audio, colors, multimedia, news, olympic, online, political, site and users. Sounds right to me.
A number of people are trying this kind of thing (including me) and I was interested in the visualization tools he used. Turns out he used a tool site called Many Eyes which I hadn’t seen before.
Many Eyes is a bet on the power of human visual intelligence to find patterns. Our goal is to “democratize” visualization and to enable a new social kind of data analysis. Jump right to our visualizations now, take a tour, or read on for a leisurely explanation of the project.
They have some great tools which make some nice graphics. These include those nice bubble graphs that are cropping up all over the place. (I see a lot in the Guardian)
Below is a nice example of one users mapping of the satisfaction rates for UK police forces.
You can also embed visualizations using a nifty link feature.
Worth a look