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This collection features helpful posts on a wide range of topics, from academic writing and reviewing to data visualisation and statistical analysis.

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Data Visualization with Flying Colors

Posted by , on 29 August 2019

The importance of barrier-free use of colors in images and graphs has been highlighted in letters to editors (Miall, 2007), papers (Geissbuehler and Lasser, 2013, Levine, 2009), editorials (anonymous, 2007), …
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Data manipulation? It’s normal(ization)!

Posted by , on 25 June 2019

In a previous blog, I have highlighted several ways to visualize the cell-to-cell heterogeneity from time-lapse imaging data. However, I have ignored that data is often rescaled in a way …

Non-zero baselines: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Posted by , on 20 June 2019

Of all the charts being ridiculed at WTFviz, many get shamed for their lack of a zero-baseline. When teaching DataViz, zero-baselines are invariably a topic of debate. The rules about …

User-friendly p-values

Posted by , on 13 February 2019

A good statistic is the one that you can understand. Mean values are understandable and everybody knows how to calculate them. Most people also realize how the mean value can …

Experimenting with non-anonymous peer review

Posted by , on 3 February 2019

Last year, I started to experiment with signing my reports for peer review of manuscripts, inspired by other people on twitter (@kaymtye, @AndrewPlested who in turn were inspired by Leslie …

Visualizing the heterogeneity of single cell data from time-lapse imaging

Posted by , on 12 December 2018

When we examined the kinetics of Rho GTPase activity in endothelial cells in response to receptor stimulation (Reinhard, 2017), we noticed considerable cell-to-cell heterogeneity. In the original work we published …

How to make colour blind friendly palettes, from regular contributor Jochim Goedhart.

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