Category Archives: Sensemaking

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    Statistics in the Triad, Part VI: The Story as Unit of Observation

    Posted on July 28, 2017 by in Narrative, SenseMaker®, Sensemaking, Statistics, Visualization

    If you had asked me a year ago to identify the primary unit of observation in a SenseMaker project, I would have said, without much hesitation, it’s the story, of course. When I started writing Part IV in this series on Confidence Regions, however, I had to revisit that question. I knew what was typically […]

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    The Man Who Mistook His Graph for a Hat

    Posted on March 18, 2015 by in Cognitive Edge, Sensemaking

      Equilateral triangles have been used as a graphical tool for presenting compositional data for at least 150 years, most prominently in geology, metallurgy, and related areas of physical chemistry; archeology and anthropology; and population studies, including genetics. According to Howarth (1996)[paywall], they were also used as early as the 18th century to show mixing […]

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    Story Theming — Any Volunteers?

    Posted on August 31, 2014 by in Cognitive Edge, Sensemaking

    This post originally appeared on the Cognitive Edge blog on May 12, 2014. This is my third post #WorkingOutLoud, where I focus on modifying the process of some Cognitive Edge methods. My objectives are better absorption of new material and reduced cognitive overload in a SenseMaker® workshop with CareOregon. This past week I thought about […]

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  • ‘The Eggshell Thing’

    Posted on June 18, 2012 by in Cognitive Edge, Sensemaking

    This post originally appeared on the Cognitive Edge blog on December 15, 2010. My first project as an accredited practitioner was with a large international publisher that was trying to get a better sense of customer satisfaction with its products. I can still remember having some “disconnects” along the lines of, whoa, how does that […]

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