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A picture speaks a thousand words. In a world inundated with data, skills in communicating ideas using effective visuals confer a huge competitive advantage. Data visualization can be a Powerpoint chart in a pitch to investors, an infographic explaining your value proposition to customers, a dashboard conveying the health metrics to executives, an interactive application that lets consumers track their own data, or any number of things. Kaiser has taught data visualization at Columbia and NYU, and is an influential dataviz critic. Come to Kaiser’s office hours with any data visualization project or graphic you are working on, and pick his brains about how to make it more effective. Or brainstorm ideas with him for your new project.
Kaiser Fung is the founding director and a faculty member of the Master of Science in Applied Analytics at Columbia University. He is the creator of Junk Charts, an influential blog on data visualization, as well as author of two books on statistical thinking, Numbers Rule Your World and Numbersense. His commentary on statistics and data visualization has been featured in Harvard Business Review, The Daily Beast, American Scientist, Wired, FiveThirtyEight, Slate and CNN. He also is a co-founder of rSQUAREedge, a training program for people transitioning careers into data science, and a member of the HBS Startup Studio. Previously, he held leadership positions in business analytics at various companies, including American Express, SiriusXM Radio and Vimeo.