Data Visualization: From Square One to Interactivity

Abstract: As data scientists, we are expected to be experts in machine learning, programming, and statistics. However, our audiences might not be! Whether we're working with peers in the office, trying to convince our bosses to take some sort of action, or communicating results to clients, there's nothing more clear or compelling than an effective visual to make our point. Let's leverage the Python libraries Matplotlib and Bokeh along with visual design principles to make our point as clearly and as compellingly as possible!

This talk is designed for a wide audience. If you haven't worked with Matplotlib or Bokeh before or if you (like me!) don't have a natural eye for visual design, that's OK! This will be a hands-on training designed to make visualizations that best communicate what you want to communicate. We'll cover different types of visualizations, how to generate them in Matplotlib, how to reduce clutter and guide your user's eye, and how (and when!) to add interactivity with Bokeh.

Bio: Matt currently leads instruction for GA’s Data Science Immersive in Washington, D.C. and most enjoys bridging the gap between theoretical statistics and real-world insights. Matt is a recovering politico, having worked as a data scientist for a political consulting firm through the 2016 election. Prior to his work in politics, he earned his Master’s degree in statistics from The Ohio State University. Matt is passionate about making data science more accessible and putting the revolutionary power of machine learning into the hands of as many people as possible. When he isn’t teaching, he’s thinking about how to be a better teacher, falling asleep to Netflix, and/or cuddling with his pug.