Affinity Diagramming

AFFINITY DIAGRAMMING or the KJ method Affinity diagramming is a conceptual organizational exercise that can have numerous benefits for problem solving in team environments. Ideas are not only identified by a group, but then explicitly categorized and grouped. Enumerating instances and aspects of cultural phenomena—and categorically naming them—identifies trends and highlights differences. A phenomenon, whether it …

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Process & Pitfalls: Writing in InfoVis

Process and Pitfalls in Writing Information Visualization Research Papers Tamara Munzner (2008) Applied Reading 1 Patrick J. O’Donnel Munzner begins her meta-research paper, or model paper, supported by her involvement as Posters and Papers Chair of the IEEE Symposium on Information Visualization, by recognizing common pitfalls witnessed in research writing for the information visualization community. …

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Behavior/Experience Readings W1

Readings Week 1 Design for Behavior & Experience "Chapter 7 Hurried Ethnography for the Harried Ethnographer" Ethnography: A way of Seeing. Wolcott, 2008. What is the minimum or maximum time needed to be spent in the field to claim ethnographic validity? The researcher's belief that enough time will produce guaranteed outcomes is at odd with …

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Perspective Mapping: South Station

Tasked with returning to South Station, the following observations were made in light of an essay by urban media designer, Martijn de Waal (of The Mobile City) entitled The City as Interface: How New Media Are Changing the City. In the essay, de Waal specifies some public space as part of the "urban public sphere," namely any accessible …

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Plot and ggplot2 with R-Studio

Data from Vision Problems in the U.S. provides estimates of the prevalence of eye-disorders in the US by state in adults 40 and older. Here is the initial outputs of my work with R-Studio statistical software: When plot() is envoked on R-Studio, a matrix of plots are established by header columns. This particular function ran very slow, …

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