Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Some Sample TLViz outputs

Here are some sample trend charts. They were created in minutes with a minimum of keystrokes using TLViz (the TimeLine Visualizer). The input to TLViz was a readily reusable (RR) data file (see previous post) crafted with considerable effort from the original source data produced by World Watch in their State of World 2002 report.

The RR file included approximately 50 separate metrics covering a range of areas of interest. I hope you will give TLViz a test run using his data set so you can get a feel for how TLViz saves substantial amounts of your time and lets you get a feel for this rather complex data set in very short order. For example, try using the keyboard Up and Down Arrow keys to quickly look at each factor's trend all by itself with a single key stroke moving you to the next trend chart.

To get this first chart, we held down the CONTROL key and selected the second factor to display, achieving this result with a single key stroke combination. It's probably not important, but it did seem kind of curious that the number of bikes built each year in China was approximately the same as the number of passenger cars built world wide that year.
This next chart is a good example of how a non-expert can become knowledgeable in short order, simply by clicking on a single factor and taking a look at the shape of the curve and the Y-axis numeric range.
The data on the number of existing nuclear weapons is sobering. For me at least, seeing the size of the existing nuclear arsenals numbered in the 10's of thousands helps me think more clearly about the challenge for any work on nuclear non-proliferation.
I found this next chart kind of surprising. The world population is growing but at least in this 10 year period, the rate of growth was slowing down, even in absolute terms.
This is another sobering chart showing the huge number of worldwide refugees. To get 4 metrics displayed, we simply selected the first metric and then held down the control key as we selected each additional factor.

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