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The online program "Analyzing and Presenting Data and Information" will be led by Edward Tufte, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Statistics, and Computer Science at Yale University. Using his books as jumping off points, he will lead 4 sessions on May 20, 21, 27, and 28 showing how he masterfully visualizes and interprets data in a beautiful, meaningful, and impactful way. His famous one-day course on Analyzing/Presenting Data/Information has been taught over 920 days to over 328,000 students.

This program will cover key topics such as:

  • A new, widely-adopted method for presentations: meetings are smarter, more effective, 20% shorter.
  • Fundamental design strategies for all information displays: sentences, tables, diagrams, maps, charts, images, video, data visualizations, and randomized displays for making graphical statistical inferences.
  • New ideas on spectatorship, consuming reports. How to assess the credibility of a presentation and its presenter, how to detect cherry-picking, how to reason about alternative explanations.
  • Standards of comparison for workaday and for cutting edge visualizations. How to identify excellent information architectures and use them as models and comparison sets for your own work and for the work of your contractors. Monitoring the designs of others.
  • The future of information displays: 4K, 6K, 8K video maps moving in time.


  • Edward Tufte (Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Statistics, and Computer Science at Yale University)

    Edward Tufte

    Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Statistics, and Computer Science at Yale University

    Edward Tufte is an American statistician and professor emeritus of political science, statistics, and computer science at Yale University, and senior critic at the Yale School of Art. He is noted for his writings on information design and as a pioneer in the field of data visualization. Edward Tufte taught data analysis and public policy as a professor at Princeton University and Yale University for 32 years. He received a B.S. and M.S. in statistics from Stanford University, a Ph.D. in political science from Yale University, and 9 honorary degrees from around the world. In 2010, President Barack Obama appointed Tufte to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's Recovery Independent Advisory Panel "to provide transparency in the use of Recovery-related funds." Tufte is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. His self-published books have become classics in the field, selling over a million copies in total.

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