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Activity Number: 314 - They Never Die: a Historical Overview of the Many Uses of Famous Historic Data Sets
Type: Invited
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 : 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistical Graphics
Abstract #300120 Presentation
Title: The Unsinkable Titanic Data
Author(s): Juergen Symanzik* and Michael Friendly and Ortac Onder
Companies: Utah State University and York University and York University
Keywords: Data Visualization; Graphs; Categorical Data Analysis; RMS Titanic

Many readers are likely familiar with the stories of the tragic fate of passengers and crew of the RMS Titanic upon her fatal collision with an iceberg and her sinking in the early hours of April 15, 1912, on her maiden voyage to New York City. Little known is the fact that the first graphical summary of the initial survivor data appeared in The Sphere, a British newspaper, on May 4, 1912. The public inquiries that followed produced detailed data sets that have been widely used to illustrate graphical and statistical methods for quite some time. Numerous follow-up studies have used a wide variety of graphical representations related to the Titanic disaster, published in statistics, information visualization, and social sciences venues. It seemed timely to survey the variety of graphical methods used for these data sets over the last century. Graph types used to portray the Titanic data include: bar charts, mosaic plots, double-decker plots, parallel set plots, Venn diagrams, balloon plots, nomograms, and tree diagrams to name only a few. In this presentation, we plan to provide an overview of variants of the Titanic data sets and resulting visualizations.

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