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How to make an infographic

Infographics are a fun and unique way to visualise your data, but how do you make one? Here are a few things that I consider when building my infographics: 1. Who is the audience? The first step in their creation, is to characterise the audience for the visualisation....

Sentiment Analysis Visualisation

If you're doing any kind of text analytics, chances are you’ve experienced the difficult problem of how to visualise the results. Here at OptimalBI we’ve discovered a few ways to do this, depending on the audience of the analytics. I’ve recently written a blog on the...

Calling all Data Artists!

I’ve recently come to realise that I might be alone in the world. Okay, I’m being just a tad dramatic; but I might at least, be alone in NZ… I Googled my title today - yes, I realise titles don’t completely reflect who you are, but they are a label that you’ve chosen...

Music and Statistics

I’ve recently been to the first music lesson I’ve had since I was 13 years old. Piano lessons featured weekly throughout my childhood – a place where my fingers were taught what to play, and when, by following the notes on the page. I knew that a C major chord...

Data Visualisation: What is D3?

If you think someone may be slightly dyslexic when you hear them talking about D3 – this blog is for you. D3 (or D3.js) is a brand name and stands for Data-Driven Documents. It’s a JavaScript library that helps you “bring your data to life”, according to the...

An Introduction to Adobe InDesign

If you're new to Adobe InDesign and starting to have a bit of a play around, the program can be a little intimidating. InDesign is Adobe's layout software genius. If you're creating any kind of publication, this is the tool for you. Although InDesign has vector...

Uploading a CSV file into Yellowfin

So you've decided to have a play with Yellowfin – that’s great! If you've trialled products before, you’ll know that it’s nice to be able to use your own data. If your data is sitting in a CSV file and you’re wondering how to get it into Yellowfin, there are a few...