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Exploratory Data Analysis

Monday, 10 November 2014 -
8:30am to 12:30pm

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Unite Tech Event Series

We would like to extend our deepest appreciation to all of the presenters (Dr. Edward Binkowski, Dr. Dianne Cook, Dr. Michael Kane, Mr. Peter Wang, and Mr. Karim Chine) for taking time out of their busy schedules to present their research and work with us.

Also, thank you very much to all of the UN personnel and the attendees for making this a fantastic event. The event had over 2,500 participants, and it was an incredible opportunity to introduce several potential tools, research, and partnerships for the UN. Looking forward to potential collaboration opportunities in the near future. 


On 10 November, the United Nations Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT) is pleased to present an event on Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA) in honour of Dr. John Wilder Tukey who pioneered this technique. This area of statistical research is used in almost all statistical reports. EDA has been extended to theory and applications in Computer Science (AI and Machine Learning), Data Journalism, and Data Science.  

This is an online event that will be webcasted through the Google Hangout link above. 

Guest Speakers

Prof. Ed Binkowski

Prof. Dianne Cook

Dr. Michael Kane

Mr. Peter Wang

Mr. Karim Chine


  • 8:30Introduction from UN Office of Information and Communications Technology
  • 9:00Dr. Ed Binkowski: The Art of Data Analysis (Bio and Abstract)
  • 9:35Dr. Dianne Cook: An Exploratory Data Analysis of OECD's 2012
  •              PISA Surveys or Seven Things That Affect Education Around the World 
  •              (Bio and Abstract)
  • 10:20Dr. Michael Kane: An Exploratory Analysis of Text Trends in the G77  
  •             (Bio and Abstract)
  • 11:10Mr. Peter Wang: Interactive Web Visualization With Bokeh 
                 from Continuum Analytics (Bio and Abstract)
  • 11:45Mr. Karim Chine: ElasticR: Connecting the Technological Dots of
                 Scientific Computing and Data Analysis (Bio and Abstract)
  • 12:15Panel Discussion
  • *Event times listed are in Eastern Standard Time

"There is no data that can be displayed in a pie chart, that cannot be displayed BETTER in some other type chart."

- Dr. John W. Tukey


Analytics at the UN

The UN Analytics Team is constantly looking for ways to use data analytics to help improve lives around the world. We welcome collaboration with both the private sector and academia. At the EDA Event, the team will include a brief presentation on our Unite Ideas collaboration platform. For more information please email us at uniteideas@un.org


What is Exploratory Data Analysis?

Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA) is an approach to analysing data sets to summarize their main characteristics, often with visual methods. The techniques were pioneered by Dr. John Tukey in the 1970s. Particularly during the past decade the development of tools, including open source or freely available tools has rapidly increased. They include such projects as R, Weka, KNIME and Rapid Miner.