I was trolling the Social Science Statistics Blog of Harvard's Institute for Quantitative Social Science Research last weekend looking for some new ideas for BI, when I came across an article by a couple of political scientists entitled “Using Graphs Instead of Tables in Political Science.” Accompanying the paper is a website that details the nitty gritty of the techniques the authors promote in their writing.

Though the examples are from academic political science, the discussion is quite pertinent for business intelligence as well. The focus is not on the bland BI graphics of stoplights, speed-dials and 3-D pie/bar charts. Rather, it's on visualizing the results of statistical analysis – a topic more and more pertinent to BI as data mining/statistical learning become mainstream tools.

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