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Activity Number: 401 - Why JavaScript?
Type: Topic Contributed
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 : 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistical Graphics
Abstract #305089 Presentation 1 Presentation 2 Presentation 3
Title: Why JavaScript?
Author(s): Karl Broman* and Carson Sievert* and Ramnath Vaidyanathan* and Joy Yang*
Companies: University of Wisconsin and RStudio and DataCamp and Google
Keywords: interactive graphics; exploratory data analysis; data visualization; javascript; tools; internet

As graphics capabilities expanded during the second half of the last century, statisticians led the way in harnessing the power of the screen to explore multidimensional data in new ways. (See for a rich collection of videos of their tools in action). With the growth of the internet, however, interactive tools have become increasingly web-based and subsumed under the term "data visualization." There are disturbing elements to this trend, both in terms of a reduction in focus on exploratory data analysis and widespread disregard for principles of good graphical design.

What can be done about this gulf between statisticians and web technologies? At this panel, we will hear from Karl Broman, Ryan Hafen, Carson Sievert, and Ramnath Vaidyanathan, individuals who have bridged the gap and made significant contributions to the availability of high quality tools and methods. The panelists will share the paths that led them to web technologies as well as address larger issues for the field, such as: Is learning JavaScript the answer? In what other ways can statisticians shape or create interactive tools? Discussion moderator: Joyce Robbins.

Authors who are presenting talks have a * after their name.

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