- Hardcover: 280 pages
- Publisher: Analytics Press; First Edition edition (September 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0970601999
- ISBN-13: 978-0970601995
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 94 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #519,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A must read...for anyone working in the field of business intelligence." -- David Wells, Director of Education, The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI)
"A real gem clear, concise, and comprehensive." -- Dr. Richard Mayer, Professor of Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara
"More accessible than Cleveland's books and...more practical advice than Tufte's. I highly recommend it." -- Dr. Pat Hanrahan, Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University
From the Publisher
Students attend business school to hone their decision-making skills. They are taught dozens of statistical tools and analytical methods, but their education almost always contains a gaping hole: they rarely learn the importance of careful and effective presentation of data. Once they graduate and enter the business world, their decisions and their firms can suffer as a result.
"Show Me the Numbers" is rare and special. It is a practical and commonsense guide that you can use in your business today and every day. Stephen Few grounds his principles in the work of Edward R. Tufte and others, extends them to comprehensively address the needs of business, and then applies them to hundreds of examples drawn from his own experience. No matter where you are in your career, more skilled presentation of information will help you and your business prosper, and this book will help you do just that. Read it and put it to work your shareholders and colleagues will thank you for it.
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Thank you, Stephen Few for all of your guidance and input, you make the community of Data Viz a better place.
The book is laid out in a way that discusses
--The basics of building a table and graph
--The physical process of seeing and recognizing objects
--Advanced concepts behind tables and graphs.
Few admits to trying to make the book sound like a teacher speaking with a student and includes exercises. In fact the final section of the book is dedicated to testing your knowledge on several examples. They're interesting, but the book is more of a reference book and I would keep it on my desk - which would be more useful than trying to commit everything to memory.
I purchased this as a textbook for an organizational communication class and now question the efficacy of such a class that does not make use of this book.
I really like the way the author thinks about and then presents the subject matter. The book is also a delight to interact with -- it's obvious much thought went into the layout.
I spent most of a gorgeous summer weekend sitting in the yard reading this book -- it is that good :)