What we’ve been reading this week | 26th April 2019

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It’s been another busy week at Analytics Engines, but we’ve still managed to find the time to keep up to date with all things interesting from the world of Data, Data Visualisations, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning.

Last week we spoke at length about data visualisation, collating some fantastic examples from around the web. We begin this week in a similar vein with a Game of Thrones Social Network Analysis, created by Analytics Engines’ own Conor Aspell. Sticking with Game of Thrones, this visualisation shows global search activity, highlighting what people are searching and where.

Before we move on from visualisations, here are some other examples that we found particularly interesting this week.

Why do cats and dogs – Ever wondered why dogs eat grass, or why cats are afraid of cucumbers? Apparently you’re not alone, as this visualisation shows.

How living on the wrong side of a time zone can be hazardous to your health – Sleep Scientist Matthew Walkers explores the effect that your position within a time zone can have on your health.

Real-time air pollution around the world – A interactive tool that shows air quality in real time from around the world.

How Americans describe what society values (and doesn’t) in each gender – The same word can often have a very different meaning depending on who it is describing. This visualisation explores just that.

Looking to the world of Artificial Intelligence, this website, created by Jiaju Ma and his team is a fantastic interactive introduction and serves to demystify the topic for those unfamiliar with it.

Although it did not feature in our previous reading list, we also issued the penultimate blog in our Making Better Decisions blog series. In it, we discuss the principles of good design, the impact of meaningful UI and the eternal words of Dieter Rams.

Looking forward to next week, Analytics Engines’ Data Scientist, Liam Brannigan will feature as a panellist on The Open Data Impact Series in Dublin, discussing how Open Data can benefit society. In preparation, Liam has shared some insights with us that you can read here.

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