Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Name: Edward Rolf Tufte
Born: 1942 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA
- American statistician and professor emeritus of political science, computer science and statistics at Yale University.
- Known for his writings on information design and as a pioneer in the field of data visualization.
- Coined the term "chartjunk" to refer to useless, non-informative, or information-obscuring elements of quantitative information displays.
- Other key concepts of Tufte are the lie factor, the data-ink ratio, and the data density of a graphic.
- The Civil Rights Movement and Its Opposition. PhD thesis (1968).
- Size & Democracy. with Robert Dahl (1973).
- Data Analysis for Politics and Policy (1974).
- Political Control of the Economy (1978).
- The Visual Display of Quantitative Information (1983).
- Envisioning Information (1990).
- Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative (1997).
- "PowerPoint is evil" In: Wired 11 (9) (2003).
- The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint (2003).
- Beautiful Evidence (2006).
Honors and awards
- Fellow of the American Statistical Association.
"95% of the published literature is junk. Only 5% you have to read. You have to identify it. You have to have a sense of relevance."