CS 791/891 - Visualization Seminar
Fall 2015: Wednesdays, 9:30am-11:55am, E&CS 2120

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In-Class Assignment - Week 1

Both parts relate to Summer Olympics Data (source: http://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/summer/) - data shown below

Part 1

Task: How have the number of countries participating in the Summer Olympics changed over the past 60 years?

Divide into 4 groups. Discuss how best to display the data and make a hand-drawn chart -- draw it on the whiteboard and we'll discuss them all together. Include all of the elements you'd put in a computer-drawn chart. This is actually good practice for planning out charts before you start coding.

Part 2

Get back into your 4 groups and back to the whiteboard.

  • List 3 other questions that you could ask of this data as given.
  • List 3 questions that you could ask of this data if you derived some attributes, that is manipulated or aggregated the given data in some way.
  • List 3 questions that you could ask if you had access to some additional data that's not given directly in the table.

Dataset

Year              City       Country Countries Participants  Men Women Sports Events
2012            London Great Britain       205        10519 5864  4655     32    302
2008           Beijing         China       204        10901 6290  4611     34    303
2004            Athina        Greece       201        10561 6257  4304     34    301
2000            Sydney     Australia       200        10648 6579  4068     34    300
1996           Atlanta United States       197        10341 6818  3520     31    271
1992         Barcelona         Spain       169         9386 6659  2721     29    257
1988             Seoul   South Korea       159         8453 6249  2202     27    237
1984       Los Angeles United States       140         6799 5224  1567     26    221
1980            Moskva  Soviet Union        80         5259 4135  1123     23    203
1976           Montral        Canada        92         6073 4812  1260     23    198
1972            Mnchen  West Germany       121         7113 6052  1060     23    195
1968   Ciudad de Mxico        Mexico       112         5557 4774   783     20    172
1964             Tokyo         Japan        93         5137 4457   680     21    163
1960              Roma         Italy        83         5350 4738   612     19    150
1956         Melbourne     Australia        67         3189 2818   371     18    145
1952          Helsinki       Finland        69         4932 4411   521     19    149
1948            London Great Britain        59         4374 3933   440     21    149
1936            Berlin       Germany        49         4484 4123   361     24    143
1932       Los Angeles United States        47         1921 1720   201     18    126
1928         Amsterdam   Netherlands        46         3248 2937   311     17    120
1924             Paris        France        45         3256 3104   152     20    130
1920         Antwerpen       Belgium        29         2674 2596    78     25    160
1912         Stockholm        Sweden        29         2409 2356    53     17    107
1908            London Great Britain        22         2024 1980    44     24    109
1906            Athina        Greece        21          841  835     6     13     74
1904         St. Louis United States        15          650  644     6     18     95
1900             Paris        France        31         1223 1200    23     20     95
1896            Athina        Greece        12          176  176     0      9     43