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Dr Damon Wischik

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I see data science as quantitative rhetoric: the art of using data to change how you and your audience see the world. I've worked at a startup building big data systems, and in statistical consulting, and as an academic mathematical modeller. I've learnt about how ordinary users want to interact with their data, how to help users understand richly structured data, and what sorts of interaction make sense for what sorts of data. I want to build a tool that will make data work much more accessible, and I believe it needs to be based on a "unified grammar of interactive data visualisation".


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