Learning Path: Big Data Visualization

Gain hands-on experience in creating effective visualizations of your data


Data visualization is becoming critical in today’s world of Big Data. If you are a data analyst or a Big Data enthusiast and want to explore the various techniques of data visualization, then this Learning Path is for you! This Learning Path focus on building a variety of data visualizations using multiple tools and techniques!

Packt’s Video Learning Paths are a series of individual video products put together      in a logical and stepwise manner such that each video builds on the skills learned in the video before it.

The highlights of this Learning Path are:

  • Learn why data visualization is important, and how it can be used to manage Big Data
  • Learn best practices in data visualization and apply them to your own displays

Let’s take a quick look at your learning journey. To start with, we will walk you through an overview of the basic principles of data visualization, why they are important, and how they can be used to make visualizations highly effective. We will then walk you through some of the basics such as how to build visualizations using best practices. You’ll also learn how to identify data types and match them with the appropriate display formats.
Then, we will focus on building a variety of data visualizations using multiple tools and techniques. This is where we will put the theory together with actual hands-on experience of creating effective visualizations. Our efforts will be spent on choosing the best display types for our dataset, and then applying best practice principles to our selected charts, maps, or network graphs. We will spend considerable time on some of the most useful chart types, followed by a section where we explore the multiple uses of maps as visualizations. Finally, we will focus on understanding network graphs, a powerful tool for displaying relationship data.

By the end of this Learning Path, you will have a strong understanding of how to effectively visualize your data.

About the Author

Ken Cherven has been creating data visualizations for more than 10 years using a variety of tools, including Excel, Tableau, Cognos, D3, Gephi, Sigma.js, and Exhibit, along with geospatial tools such as Mapbox, Carto, and QGIS. He has built many visualizations for his personal websites, especially utilizing Gephi and Sigma.js to explore and visualize network data. His experience in building data visualizations has intersected with many technologies, including a variety of SQL-based tools and languages including Oracle, MySQL, and SQLServer. His work is based on a thorough understanding of visualization principles learned through extensive reading and practice. He also uses his websites to display and promote visualizations, which he shares with a wider audience. He has previously authored two books on Gephi for Packt, and has also presented at multiple data visualization conferences.

Who is the target audience?
  • This Learning path is for data analysts and data enthusiasts who are looking to learn what is data visualization and its different techniques.

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