Choosing a Chart Type

There are dozens of different types of charts, each with a unique purpose. While each chart type may be slightly better for slight differences in data, in practice you can get by with using only a few.

In this post we'll discuss how to choose a chart type and the benefits and drawbacks of each. 

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Occam's Razor

Ockham's razor, commonly spelled Occam's razor, is a problem-solving principle that states in its most simple form: among competing hypotheses, the one with the fewest assumptions should be selected, or in other words: the simplest explanation is usually the right one.

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Introduction to Game Theory

Game Theory is a branch of mathematics that deals with the analysis of decision making processes in competitive situations where the outcome for each participant depends on the actions of other participants.

Game theory has far-reaching applications including biology, business, politics, and war.

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Availability Heuristic

The availability heuristic, or availability bias, is a mental shortcut we use when trying to determine the likelihood of an event. This shortcut works by assuming that the probability of an event is correlated with the ease with which supporting examples come to mind. However, as is the nature with all mental shortcuts, relying too heavily on any given shortcut can leave us susceptible to various biases.

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Risk Taking with Sallie Krawcheck

Risk is an uncomfortable topic for many of us but the pace of change in business today is such that if you're not taking a risk, you're taking a risk. And as individuals, being a great risk taker is a part of the foundation for having a successful and fulfilling career. 

Being a great risk taker is not about being bold or being crazy. Being a great risk taker is all about being thoughtful and analytical with your choices.

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Social Proof

Social proof is a mental framework we use when we feel uncertain how to behave. We look at the actions of others around us and we adjust accordingly. While this proves to be beneficial in many situations, unless we're careful it can also be very misleading.

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Searching for Altruism

Altruistic actions are those in which a person selflessly helps others.

Social science research shows that none of us may be as altruistic as we think we are. Each of us, whether we recognize it are not, are constantly influenced by various alternative motives. For example, we may help others, in part, because it also makes us feel good about ourselves.

But each of us still have a choice whether or not to help others. And ultimately, if helping others makes us feel good too does that make it any less worthwhile?

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The Feynman Technique

The Feynman Technique helps deepen and solidify your knowledge of a concept by forcing you to recall information and explain it in the simplest terms possible.

The Feynman Technique, in it's most basic form, is four steps:

  1. Choose a Concept

  2. Teach it to a Child

  3. Identify Gaps in Your Explanation

  4. Organize and Review

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My Bucket List

I believe in cultivating a life of interestingness. I think it's important to write down your goals and remind yourself of them. I don't want to grow old and look back and wonder where the years went.

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