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086  |  Highlights from IEEE VIS'16 with Jessica Hullman and Robert Kosara

In this episode, Jessica Hullman and Robert Kosara join Enrico at IEEE VIS’16 to discuss highlights from the conference, including noteworthy presentations, papers, panels, workshops, and overall major trends.

(From Robert Kosara’s talk “Empire built on sand”)


(From Best Paper recipient, Vega-Lite)


(From presentation, TextTile)


(From presentation, “Iterating between tools to create and edit visualizations”)



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084  |  Statistical Numbing with Paul Slovic

paulWe have Professor Paul Slovic from University of Oregon on the show to talk about “Statistical Numbing.” Professor Slovic is a renowned expert on the effect of numbers and statistics on empathy (or lack thereof). His fascinating, if not depressing, experiments have consistently shown how hard it is for statistics to elicit any sense of scale in human tragedies and how numbers can often even be detrimental if the goal is to elicit compassion and generous actions from an audience.

On the show, we talk about “Statistical Numbing” and it psychological underpinnings. Professor Slovic also describes his experiments and their implications. And we address one of the most important questions: Is there hope? Is there something we, as practitioners, can do to counteract these negative effects?

Enjoy this deeply scientific episode and let us know what you think!

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