15GENERATING DATA

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Data visualization involves exploring data through visual representations. It’s closely associated with data mining, which uses code to explore the patterns and connections in a data set. A data set can be just a small list of numbers that fits in one line of code or many gigabytes of data.

Making beautiful representations of data is about more than pretty pictures. When you have a simple, visually appealing representation of a data set, its meaning becomes clear to viewers. People will see patterns and significance in your data sets that they never knew existed.

Fortunately, you don’t need a supercomputer to visualize complex ...

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