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Instructor: Lelys Bravo de Guenni
Office: Baskin Engineering 357B
Email: lbravo@soe.ucsc.edu
Phone:  831-459-1653 (email is preferred)

Lecture Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 3:30 - 4:40 pm
Office Hours: Wednesday and Friday 10:30-11:30 am or By Appointment

Teaching Assistants:

Daniel Helkey - dhelkey@ucsc.edu. Office hours: Thursday 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Baskin Engineering 312B
Rene Gutierrez - rgutie17@ucsc.edu. Office hours: Wednesday 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Baskin Engineering 312C/D

Course Description

The main goal of this class is to introduce the basic ideas of data visualization and information graphics, with emphasis on applications to global and local problems in sciences, economics, politics, society, environmental issues and just about anything.
The aim is to learn the importance to effectively represent data through many examples, using statistical charts, maps and explanation diagrams to discover the stories behind the data and to learn from them.

Lectures: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 03:30-4:10 pm, Merryl Acad 102

Lab Sections:

Section Days Time Room
01A Tu 05:00PM-06:10PM MingOng Cmp Lb 103
01B Tu 06:10PM-07:20PM MingOng Cmp Lb 103
01C Fr 04:50PM-06:00PM MingOng Cmp Lb 103


Cairo, Alberto (2013). The Functional Art. New Riders
Yau, Nathan (2013). Data Points - Visualization That Means Something.  Wiley
Few, Sthepen (2004). Show Me the Numbers - Designing Tables and Graphs to Enlighten. Analytics Press.
Yau, Nathan (2011). Visualize this. Wiley
Kosslyn, Stephen (2007). Clear and to the Point. Oxford University Press
Tuft, Edward  (2001). The Visual Display of Quantitative Information.  Second Edition.  Graphics Press.
Huff, Darrell (1954). How to Lie with Statistics.  W. W. Norton \& Company.

Note: There is no mandatory book for the class, but specific sections of each recommended text will  be used.  You do not need to buy a specific text, but if you do, I suggest that you get Cairo's (2013), Few's (2004) or Yau's (2013) book. You can get one of them, not all three unless you are extremely interested in this field.  There is also a multitude of interesting readings on the web, as or example, the Visual Business Intelligence Newsletter published by Stephen Few at http://www.perceptualedge.com.  This website also contains a number of examples and case studies that will be used during this course.