169  |  Data Conversations with Vidya Setlur

We have Vidya Setlur on the show to talk about the role language, and natural language processing (NLP) play in data visualization and analytics.

Vidya is the director of research at Tableau and has a background in natural language processing and visualization. She is one of the main drivers behind Eviza, a research-based prototype and the corresponding product Ask Data, developed within Tableau to interact with data visualizations through natural language.

She is also the co-author, with Bridget Cogley, of Functional Aesthetics for Data Visualization, a new book on data visualization with a lot of information about semantics and language in data visualization.

In the episode, we talk about the challenges of going from a research prototype to an actual product, research vs. engineering, speech and natural language interfaces, the many ways language plays a role in visualization, the advent of language models, and much more.

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