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The theme of the conference is “Data in, Decisions out,” and the presentations so far have shown several case studies of companies doing just that. Here are three of the highlights from the talks that took place on Thursday, April 11.
Drew Linzer from Emory University gave a fantastic talk on his 2012 presidential election predictions. He covered how he built his prediction model and kept it more stable so predictions were consistent even when new polls were added. He also discussed the challenges of building aesthetically pleasing charts with no formal training.
Andy Kriebel from Facebook covered his path from visualization novice through to Tableau Zen Master and visualization guru at Facebook. He showed how his path at every level was defined by finding important information in data, and using that information to drive decisions. He also discussed running a his blog VizWiz, where he critiques visualizations, and presents new work that he has done.
There were several other great talks, and the talks on Friday should be very informative as well. The full list of presenters can be found here. You can check out Visually’s presentation from yesterday here. For live coverage, follow conference updates on twitter with #DVSF.