Posts tagged data visualization
What have I been up to? - September 19th Edition

Recently my life has been consumed with picking data! Picking, and picking, and piiicking, and piiiiiiiiicking ... But hey, that's ok! I'm 18 OBS down, 15 OBS to go, and ~ 45 onshore stations to pick! Wait, that's a lot more than I thought ... Ah, oh well I'm sure time will fly! To stave off madness I have been taking breaks brainstorming ways of effectively displaying my picking escapades. These include plots of my progress (to prove to my advisor I've been working ... cough, I mean to practice visualizing data)

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What have I been up to? - July 24th Edition

My life continues to be consumed by the awesome world of active-source seismology.  Specifically, picking, picking, picking, and more picking ... I have now realized that no matter what field of science you're in at some point in your career you're going to end up picking something.  Maybe you're picking spectral peaks to identify organic molecules in soil samples, or different types of pollen scraped off of bees (I've done this), irregular heartbeats in a mouse's cardiogram, boulders in satellite images of the Moon (I've done this too), or just regular ol' seismic arrivals to locate earthquakes, no matter what field you're in you'll likely end up picking something!  

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These are a Few of My Favorite Things - Mapping with GMT Part 1

So you want to make a map ... a pretty map, a useful map, a map that helps people understand your data.  Where do you go? Matlab? Python? ArcGIS?  All of these platforms have pros and cons (ok, Matlab's plotting pros are pretty slim but it'll get the job done) but for me there is no comparison with the hardcore, no frills utility aptly named "Generic Mapping Tools".  

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Go on and make that figure a video!

Inspired by the Art of Data Visualization workshop hosted by Columbia University I decided to take another stab at preparing videos of data rather than just stationary figures.  Previous attempts at making figures natively within Matlab had gotten nowhere (vague instructions can be found here and meandering forums on the topic here).  Nevertheless, rejuvenated by the first warm days of Spring in NYC and two large coffees before 9am I set out on another attempt.  And this time it worked!

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