Tag: statistics

1900 – Pearson and Lee's Height Correlation Chart

The physical model on the left is a bivariate histogram showing the correlation between the heights of fathers (horizontal axis) and sons ("vertical" axis). This data was famously collected by Karl Pearson and Alice Lee between 1893 and 1898. The physical visualization is thought to have been constructed around this time period or soon after, possibly under the supervision of Pearson. It is kept at the Department of Statistical Science, University College London, founded by Pearson in 1911. […]

Added by: Pierre Dragicevic, sent by: Richard Chandler. Category: Passive physical visualization  Tags: correlation, distribution, science, statistics


2009 – Distribution Plushies

A commercial offer for a set of 10 plush distributions. Although not formally physical visualizations, they could in principle encode actual data. Source: web shop

Added by: Yvonne Jansen, sent by: Fanny Chevalier - Jean-Daniel Fekete. Category: Physical model  Tags: Plushies, statistics


2014 – District 5: Tube Charts Reveal Decline in Violence

California-based artist Loren Madsen, a long-time data sculptor (see our 1995 entry and our interview with him), created an outdoor sculpture where steel tubes show falling crime rates across eight crime categories over 30 years. The sculpture stands in front of a police station and jail in Chicago City. Sources: ​Healther Schultz (2015) California Sculptor Completes Commissioned Piece. Image courtesy of Loren Madsen. Also see Steven Pinker's TED Talk on the topic.

Added by: Pierre Dragicevic, sent by: Loren Madsen. Category: Passive physical visualization  Tags: crime rate, data sculpture, outdoor sculpture, statistics, temporal data


2019 – Physical Violin Plot

A physical violin plot created by sculptor and psychology researcher Hunter Brown. Source: Tweet from Julia Strand (@juliafstrand), June 12, 2019.

Added by: Pierre Dragicevic, sent by: Steve Haroz. Category: Passive physical visualization  Tags: clay, statistics