I’ve got a fun little viz that I need to demo for Important People (IP) in early March [editor’s note: still not done… that deadline was highly optimistic!]. How to do it?
In Python? Sure. In a Jupyter notebook? Maybe. With Matplotlib? Probably not… at least I better have a look at the state of the alternatives.
Did I mention that it is essential for this viz to be *interactive*? It needs to allow the Important People to explore the predictions of some ML model, or at least allow me to explore them while they call out how to explore.
Years ago, I attempted to designate a particular plot the “hello, world” of data viz. Remember that? I think we should extend it to a hello world of interactive data viz. Maybe just choosing the number of digits is enough. Or should it follow the visual information seeking mantra? But “hello, world” cannot be too complicated.
Thinking about this since I saw a gentrification talk at CSSS last week [editor’s note: more like a year ago]. Also thinking about engaging demo material for vivarium. Here are some recent links:
The Edward library http://edwardlib.org/ has made the modeling approach of G.E.P. Box sound appealing to me. Here is some reading on it:
Remember that AI class I’ve been blogging about? It’s got me thinking. Here is a take on what is collaboration that I would not have noticed without the priming from our discussion a couple week’s ago: “In a formulation that was galling to both sociologists and scientists, [Latour] once argued that Louis Pasteur did not just, as is commonly accepted, discover microbes; rather, he collaborated with them.”
From same article as above https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/sdr.1596
Social organizational network as an important factor as well— power mapping with Spectrum of Allies exercise useful?
“[H]aving a technically sound model is not enough to assure widespread and effective use …” — additional elements, such as a champion in a leadership role and clearly defined problem to model help.
A goal that I have not yet attained: finding a keeper-of-the-model in the client organization, who can run additional scenarios.
I missed it but the recording is high quality: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8EtCUyLxIE
I missed the last Augmented Intelligence class, but two times ago we read and discussed Horvitz,E. (1999) Principles of Mixed-Initiative User Interfaces. CHI 99. http://erichorvitz.com/chi99horvitz.pdf
This is about 20 years old, but still makes sense to me. The presenter paired it with some
I’ve been way to busy helping different groups wring insights from GBD estimates with microsimulation. But in my copious spare time, I’ve been enjoying a paper that studies what factors allow different groups to use models.
The authors focus on a particular Systems Dynamics model of the health system, but I think their finding can be generalized to other models and other systems. For example, “the actual utility of the model is dependent upon a match between the scope of the community’s defined problem and the capabilities of the model.” That makes sense to me, but I’m not sure I thought of it explicitly before I saw it written out.
I have been a fan of this educational offering for a while now, and I have been mentioning that for a while now, too. But I am moved to say it again, because I’m planning a four-session Intro to Python training for aspiring Health Metrics Scientists, and the SWC curriculum is making that so easy. It could have been so hard. ❤ u SWC.