Data exploration through visualisation Posted by Ben O'Steen
Extract: The impact that a thoughtful visualisation has cannot be underestimated. However, it's easy to forget how tremendously useful they are for understanding your own data, before you even know what you have....
The questions "Is there...?" and "What if...?" drive the exploration of data. Often, these questions are best answered by creating something in reply: "This is what it looks like in that context." This can be as simple as creating a chart from a
spreadsheet, or pulling out all the key words and phrases and putting them all together on a single page. There are also a number of tools that will take structured data and provide different ways to examine them.