Using data visualization tools to make decisions

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2. OVERVIEW What is data? Importance of presenting data in easily consumable formats Tools available Word Clouds - Wordle / Tagxedo Mapping BatchGeo PowerView Dynamic Charting PowerView / Tableau PublicReasons to use these tools 3. WHAT IS DATA? Data are values of qualitative or quantitative variables, belonging to a set of items, or the very pale droid on Star Trek. 4. WHAT IS DATAS POTENTIAL? Deep knowledge Wasted storage space Misinterpretation Confusion Hidden insights Hunch confirmationFind and measure what is important! 5. WORD CLOUDS Word clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source textMORELESS 6. WORD CLOUDS ONLINE TOOLSWordle most popular easiest to use Tagxedo allows clouds in specific shapes 7. 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