Is creativity the secret of great data visualisation?

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Wednesday 12 February 2020, 04:00pm

Location Royal Statistical Society, 12 Errol St, London EC1Y 8LX

About the event:

Data Visualisation is a buzzword and a sought-after skill in business, academia and government. Statisticians (like the speaker) are generally not taught about effective graphical presentation of data, models and predictions, so how are we to acquire confidence in this fascinating but unfamiliar field? I will present some overarching principles and caveats, and then look at the best (perhaps the only) way to become fluent in data visualisation design and coding: creative thinking and practice. The audience will be challenged to come up with quick-fire ideas for various scenarios. Classic or wacky, there is no right or wrong, as the aim is to take a first step into creative thinking for communicating your data visually. Drawing ability is absolutely not necessary!

Speaker: Robert Grant

Bio: Robert is a trainer, coach and writer on data visualisation, biomedical research and Bayesian methods.He taught statistics and research methods to postgraduate clinical research students at St George's Medical School and Kingston University (2010-2017), and contributed to many health services and biomedical research projects in this time. His freelance clients include Harvard Medical School, The Economist, and the Cabinet Office. He is a fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and served on their statistical computing committee from 2012-16. He worked on clinical audits, analysing hospital quality and safety indicators, at the Royal College of Physicians (1998-2010), then joined and later chaired the NHS England committee overseeing such audit projects. During this time he also contributed project management and statistical advice and analysis to six guidelines published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). His book, "Data Visualization: charts, maps and interactive graphics," waspublished by CRC Press in 2018. He claims to be working on a second book, roughly described as Cox and Snell for the 21st century.

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Organising Group(s) Business and Industrial Section





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