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Visual Revelations: Graphical Tales of Fate and Deception from Napoleon Bonaparte to Ross Perot Paperback – October 6, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1461274865 ISBN-10: 1461274869 Edition: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1997

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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Copernicus; Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1997 edition (October 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461274869
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461274865
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Hate pie charts? Then grab Howard Wainer's Visual Revelations...It's a readable and highly informative guide on how to add elegance, grace and impact to idea presentation. ...His examples are fascinating... -- New Scientist, September 13, 1997 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Dr. Wainer received his Ph. D. from Princeton University in 1968. After serving on the faculty of the University of Chicago, a period at the Bureau of Social Science Research during the Carter Administration, and 21 years as Principal Research Scientist in the Research Statistics Group at Educational Testing Service, he is now Distinguished Research Scientist at the National Board of Medical Examiners and Emeritus Professor (adjunct) of Statistics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Wainer has a long-standing interest in the use of graphical methods for data analysis and communication, robust statistical methodology, and the development and application of generalizations of item response theory. His work on testlet response theory has combined all three. His book , Uneducated Guesses, (Princeton University Press) was published in September 2011, his 19th book, with Lawrence Hubert, A Statistical Guide for the Ethically Perplexed (Chapman & Hall), appeared in August, 2012. His latest, Medical Illuminations (Oxford University Press) appeared in October of 2013.

Dr. Wainer was elected a Fellow in the American Statistical Association in 1985 and a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association in 2009. He was awarded the Educational Testing Service's Senior Scientist Award in 1990 and selected for the Lady Davis Prize and was named the Schonbrun Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University in 1992. He received the 2006 National Council on Measurement in Education Award for Scientific Contribution to a Field of Educational Measurement for his development of Testlet Response Theory and given NCME's career achievement award in 2007, and he received the Samuel J. Messick Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award from Division 5 of the American Psychological Association in 2009 and was included in Who's Who in America, 2009 - 2014 and Who's Who in the World, 2010-2014. In 2013 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Psychometric Society.

He was the editor of the Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics from 2002 until 2004 and was on the editorial board of Psychological Methods and is a former Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Statistical Association, and Applied Psychological Measurement as well as a former Treasurer of the Psychometric Society. Since 1990 he has written a popular column on data visualization in the statistics magazine Chance.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Arnold Wentzel on September 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Having read Tufte's "The visual display of Quantitative Information" and this book of Howard Wainer, I think Tufte's book is better. If Tufte's book is five or four stars, this one would be one star less.

It seems as though Tufte's books set the standard, and Wainer acknowledges this. Many of his examples are similar to that in Tufte's book, and he covers much of the same material. There are overlaps (and when there are, Tufte's book is usually more comprehensive). But Wainer's book also covers material that Tufte does not cover well or at all.

Wainer's approach is also different. His first two long chapters are about "graphical failures" and rules for how to display data badly. These failures are very instructive and draws the reader in to try and create improvement. His next five chapters are about graphical triumphs, not as useful as the first two chapters, but still enjoyable. His chapters here are short, too short in fact, and sometimes too dense. Here I liked his discussion of Feynman diagrams as a case in how diagrams can open up understanding of complex ideas. Chapters 8-13 are probably where there is the least overlap with Tufte (such as the discussions of trilinear plots, Nigthingale rose, double Y-axis graphs, a good discussion of pie charts, and implicit graphs.) At this point, one could stop reading as the last 30 pages or so are better covered in Tufte's book.

Overall, this is a useful book, with some insights not found in Tufte. The book is easy to read and very instructive. But if you had a limited budget, I would buy Tufte's book.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Liam Friedland on September 21, 2003
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Don't waste your time on this one. Get Ed Tufte's first two books. Wainer spends many pages regurgitating and adulating Tufte's previously published work--unfortunately with less clarity.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By mshapiro@a2s2.com on February 5, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I read this book, cover to cover, after flipping through looking at the pictures. What a great read! I will never look at a chart again, without a newfound (and critical ) eye towards the graphical representation of the information. I am also glad to see the author writing for the on-line e-zine IntellectualCapital -
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. R. Pitts on September 10, 2008
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This work has been covered by Tufte Generally better, and Tuftes books are cheaper. The material is sound but the print quality in this book is not as good as Tuftes Graphic Press, The majority of the charts are reproduced in the text in black and white, while some are duplicated in color plates (many look like Photographs) the quality is very Variable. However the Subject is worth while and demands wider coverage, especially given the strange directions Tufte has taken in his 4th book , lets hope the Author will be encouraged to "try" again.
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3 of 13 people found the following review helpful By JTR329@AOL.COM on December 13, 1997
Format: Hardcover
I heard Howard Wainer speak at a conference last week, and I am ordering his book sight unseen. His intellect, wit, and humor in front of the group was amazing. If the book captures half of that, it will be a treat.
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