A key figure in data visualization is Edward Tufte. Penrose has several of his books:
Tufte, Edward R. Beautiful Evidence. Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press, 2006.
---. Envisioning Information. Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press, 1990.
---. Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative. Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press, 1997.
The edwardtufte.com website also has information, figures, and videos on visualization in the sciences and the arts.
Tools for data analysis and visualization include statistical software packages such as SPSS and R. On the Whitman campus, SPSS is available in computer labs in Maxey. R is an open-source software platform, and you can find more about it at the R Project page.
For a great overview of data visualization best practices, see the visualization by Justin Lincoln, Lynne Vieth, and Dan Martensen, which was coded in D3.
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