This project was developed in partnership with BU SPARK!, a technology incubator and experiential learning lab for student-led computational and data-driven projects at Boston University. As part of the CS 506 class, students Junhe Chen, Haoyu Zhang, and Hui Li, developed a platform to visualize the Brazilian population in the United States utilizing U.S. Census data. SPARK! and DIGAAI has collaborated on a series of projects focusing on the Brazilian diaspora.
The project’s main goal was to visualize the Brazilian population in the United States by understanding how Brazilians cluster in each state based on location and population size. The visualization involved the study and the creation of a visual representation of the data, meaning ” information that has been abstracted in some schematic form, including attributes or variables for the units of information.”
A primary goal of data visualization was to communicate information clearly and efficiently via statistical graphics, plots, and information graphics. Numerical data was encoded using dots, lines, or bars, to communicate a quantitative message visually. Effective visualization helps users analyze and reason about data and evidence. It makes complex data more accessible, understandable, and usable. Users may have particular analytical tasks, such as making comparisons or understanding causality and the design principle of the graphic followed these tasks. Tables were generally used where users will look up a specific measurement. In contrast, charts of various types show patterns or relationships in the data for one or more variables.
A final poster of the project is available here: CS_506_Final_Poster. A complete description of the project and its methodology can be founded here: CS_506_Final_Report. And, the final visualization is available on digaai’s landing page by clicking on the logo “VISUALIZING THE BRAZILIAN DIASPORA” or by clicking on the logo below: