A unique approach weaves background information about data with practical, hands-on lessons that develop fundamental research skills all students should understand. Easy-to-follow tutorials provide readers with step-by-step instructions to quickly begin analyzing data without having advanced knowledge of data analysis or statistics. Extensive illustrations throughout the book demonstrate to readers how to understand data. End-of-chapter On Your Own exercises challenge readers to develop their skills through easy-to-use data files and questions to reinforce the chapter learning objectives. Student Study Site includes data sets that readers can use to test their data literacy

Visualizing your Data

Data visualization has been all the rage recently, as Web-based tools have made it easier to display data and share them with others. But data visualization has been used for decades as a means to help understand data patterns and communicate those to others. The goal of this section of the book is to provide a solid footing in the fundamentals of data visualization. This section will touch on some best practices that have been refined over the years and some options for visualizing data accurately. Additionally, in this section we’ll learn how to create a number of different types of visualizations using Excel’s charting functions and online services offered by Google. We start this ...

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