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The Google Visualization API is a great way for people to make dashboards with slick graphics based on data without getting into the fine print of the scripting language itself. It utilizes the same tools as Google itself does, and makes visualizing data using API calls to the Visualization API. Thus a real-time customizable dashboard that is publishable to the internet can be created within minutes, and more importantly insights can be much more easily drawn from graphs than from looking at rows of tables and numbers.
- There are 41 gadgets (including made by both Google and third-party developers ) available in the Gadget Gallery ( https://developers.google.com/chart/interactive/docs/gadgetgallery)
- There are 12 kinds of charts available in the Chart Gallery (https://developers.google.com/chart/interactive/docs/gallery) .
- However there 26 additional charts in the charts page at https://developers.google.com/chart/interactive/docs/more_charts )
Building and embedding charts is simplified to a few steps
- Load the AJAX API
- Load the Visualization API and the appropriate package (like piechart or barchart from the kinds of chart)
- Set a callback to run when the Google Visualization API is loaded
- Within the Callback – It creates and populates a data table, instantiates the particular chart type chosen, passes in the data and draws it.
- Create the data table with appropriately named columns and data rows.
- Set chart options with Title, Width and Height
- Instantiate and draw the chart, passing in some options including the name and id
- Finally write the HTML/ Div that will hold the chart
You can simply copy and paste the code directly from https://developers.google.com/chart/interactive/docs/quick_start without getting into any details, and tweak them according to your data, chart preference and voila your web dashboard is ready!
That is the beauty of working with API- you can create and display genius ideas without messing with the scripting languages and code (too much). If you like to dive deeper into the API, you can look at the various objects at https://developers.google.com/chart/interactive/docs/reference
First launched in Mar 2008, Google Visualization API has indeed come a long way in making dashboards easier to build for people wanting to utilize advanced data visualization . It came about directly as a result of Google’s 2007 acquisition of GapMinder (of Hans Rosling fame).
As invariably and inevitably computing shifts to the cloud, visualization APIs will be very useful. Tableau Software has been a pioneer in selling data visualizing to the lucrative business intelligence and business dashboards community (you can see the Tableau Software API at http://onlinehelp.tableausoftware.com/v7.0/server/en-us/embed_api.htm ), and Google Visualization can do the same and capture business dashboard and visualization market , if there is more focus on integrating it from Google in it’s multiple and often confusing API offerings.
However as of now, this is quite simply the easiest way to create a web dashboard for your personal needs. Google guarantees 3 years of backward compatibility with this API and it is completely free.
Here is an interview with Jason Kuo who works with SAP Analytics as Group Solutions Marketing Manager. Jason answers questions on SAP Analytics and it’s increasing involvement with R statistical language.
Ajay- What made you choose R as the language to tie important parts of your technology platform like HANA and SAP Predictive Analysis. Did you consider other languages like Julia or Python.
Jason- It’s the most popular. Over 50% of the statisticians and data analysts use R. With 3,500+ algorithms its arguably the most comprehensive statistical analysis language. That said,we are not closing the door on others.
Ajay- When did you first start getting interested in R as an analytics platform?
Jason- SAP has been tracking R for 5+ years. With R’s explosive growth over the last year or two, it made sense for us to dramatically increase our investment in R.
Ajay- Can we expect SAP to give back to the R community like Google and Revolution Analytics does- by sponsoring Package development or sponsoring user meets and conferences?
Will we see SAP’s R HANA package in this year’s R conference User 2012 in Nashville
Jason- Yes. We plan to provide a specific driver for HANA tables for input of the data to native R. This planned for end of 2012. We’ll then review our event strategy. SAP has been a sponsor of Predictive Analytics World for several years and was indeed a founding sponsor. We may be attending the year’s R conference in Nashville.
Ajay- What has been some of the initial customer feedback to your analytics expansion and offerings.
Jason- We have completed two very successful Pilots of the R Integration for HANA with two of SAP’s largest customers.
Jason has over 15 years of BI and Data Warehousing industry experience. Having worked at Oracle, Business Objects, and now SAP, Jason has been involved in numerous technical marketing roles involving performance management dashboards, information management, text analysis, predictive analytics, and now big data. He has a bachelor’s of science in operations research from the University of Michigan.
I was just reading up on my weekly to-read list and came across this interesting method. It is called Play Color Cipher-
Each Character ( Capital, Small letters, Numbers (0-9), Symbols on the keyboard ) in the plain text is substituted with a color block from the available 18 Decillions of colors in the world  and at the receiving end the cipher text block (in color) is decrypted in to plain text block. It overcomes the problems like “Meet in the middle attack, Birthday attack and Brute force attacks ”.
It also reduces the size of the plain text when it is encrypted in to cipher text by 4 times, with out any loss of content. Cipher text occupies very less buffer space; hence transmitting through channel is very fast. With this the transportation cost through channel comes down.
Visual Cryptography is indeed an interesting topic-
Visual cryptography, an emerging cryptography technology, uses the characteristics of human vision to decrypt encrypted
images. It needs neither cryptography knowledge nor complex computation. For security concerns, it also ensures that hackers
cannot perceive any clues about a secret image from individual cover images. Since Naor and Shamir proposed the basic
model of visual cryptography, researchers have published many related studies.
Visual cryptography (VC) schemes hide the secret image into two or more images which are called
shares. The secret image can be recovered simply by stacking the shares together without any complex
computation involved. The shares are very safe because separately they reveal nothing about the secret image.
Visual Cryptography provides one of the secure ways to transfer images on the Internet. The advantage
of visual cryptography is that it exploits human eyes to decrypt secret images .
Color Visual Cryptography Scheme Using Meaningful Shares
Visual cryptography for color images
- Visual Crypto – One-time Image Create two secure images from one by Robert Hansen
- Visual Crypto Java Applet at the University of Regensburg
- Visual Cryptography Kit Software to create image layers
- On-line Visual Crypto Applet by Leemon Baird
- Extended Visual Cryptography (pdf) by Mizuho Nakajima and Yasushi Yamaguchi
- Visual Cryptography Paper by Moni Noar and Adi Shamir
- Visual Crypto Talk (pdf) by Frederik Vercauteren ESAT Leuven
- t the University of Salerno web page on visual cryptogrpahy.
- Visual Crypto Page by Doug Stinson
Constructions and Bounds for Visual Cryptography
Lecture Notes in Computer Science 1099 (1996), 416-428 (23rd International Colloquium on Automata, Languages and Programming).
- Visual Cryptography for General Access Structures
Information and Computation 129 (1996), 86-106 (this paper is an expanded and revised version of the conference paper).
- On the Contrast in Visual Cryptography Schemes
Journal of Cryptology 12 (1999), 261-289.
- Extended Schemes for Visual Cryptography
Theoretical Computer Science 250 (2001), 143-161.
- Threshold Visual Cryptography Schemes With Specified Whiteness Levels of Reconstructed Pixels
Designs, Codes and Cryptography 25 (2002), 15-61.
- Contrast Optimal Threshold Visual Cryptography Schemes
SIAM J. on Discrete Math. 16 (2003), 224-261.
- “Visual Cryptography: Seeing is Believing” availablehere,
- example- face http://cacr.uwaterloo.ca/~dstinson/VCS-happyface.html
- flag http://cacr.uwaterloo.ca/~dstinson/VCS-flag.html
- pi http://cacr.uwaterloo.ca/~dstinson/VCS-pi.html
- Moni Naor and Adi Shamir, Visual Cryptography , Eurocrypt 94. Postscript , gzipped Postscript
- Moni Naor and Adi Shamir, Visual Cryptography II , Cambridge Workshop on Protocols, 1996. Postscript, gzipped Postscript
- Moni Naor and Benny Pinkas, Visual Authentication , Crypto 97. Postscript, gzipped Postscript
Ajay- I think a combination of sharing and color ciphers would prove more helpful to secure Internet Communication than existing algorithms. It also levels the playing field from computationally rich players to creative coders.
If you type the words “business intelligence expert” in Google. you may get the top ranked result as http://goo.gl/pCqUh or Peter James Thomas, a profound name as it can be as it spans three of the most important saints in the church.
The current post for this is very non business -intelligence topic called Wager. http://peterjamesthomas.com/2011/07/20/wager/
It details how Peter, a virtual friend whom I have never met, and who looks suspiciously like Hugh Grant with the hair, and Ajay Ohri (myself) waged a wager on which cricket team would emerge victorious in the ongoing test series . It was a 4 match series, and India needed to win atleast the series or avoid losing it by a difference of 2, to retain their world cricket ranking (in Tests) as number 1.
Sadly at the end of the third test, the Indian cricket team have lost the series, the world number 1 ranking, and some serious respect by 3-0.
What is a Test Match? It is a game of cricket played over 5 days.
Why was Ajay so confident India would win. Because India won the one day world championship this April 2011. The one day series is a one day match of cricket.
There lies the problem. From an analytic point of view, I had been lulled into thinking that past performance was an indicator of future performance, indeed the basis of most analytical assumptions. Quite critically, I managed to overlook the following cricketing points-
1) Cricket performance is different from credit performance. It is the people and their fitness.
India’s strike bowler Zaheer Khan was out due to injury, we did not have any adequate replacement for him. India’s best opener Virender Sehwag was out due to shoulder injury in the first two tests.
Moral – Statistics can be misleading if you do not apply recent knowledge couple with domain expertise (in this case cricket)
2) What goes up must come down. Indeed if a team has performed its best two months back, it is a good sign that cyclicality will ensure performance will go down.
Moral- Do not depend on regression or time series with ignoring cyclical trends.
3) India’s cricket team is aging. England ‘s cricket team is youthful.
I should have gotten this one right. One of the big and understated reasons that the Indian economy is booming -is because we have the youngest population in the world with a median age of 28.
India has more than 50% of its population below the age of 25 and more than 65% hovers below the age of 35. It is expected that, in 2020, the average age of an Indian will be 29 years, compared to 37 for China and 48 for Japan; and, by 2030, India’s dependency ratio should be just over 0.4
India’s population is 1.21 billion people, so potentially a much larger pool of athletes , once we put away our laptops that is.
the total population of the United Kingdom was 58,789,194 (I dont have numbers for average age)
Paradoxically India have the oldest cricket team in the world . This calls for detailed investigation and some old timers should give way to new comers after this drubbing.
Moral- Demographics matters. It is the people who vary more than any variable.
4) The Indian cricket team has played much less Test cricket and much more 20:20 and one day matches. 20:20 is a format in which only twenty overs are bowled per side. In Test Matches 90 overs are bowled every day for 5 days.
Stamina is critical in sports.
Moral- Context is important in extrapolating forecasts.
Everything said and done- the English cricket team played hard and fair and deserve to be number ones. I would love to say more on the Indian cricket team, but I now intend to watch Manchester United play soccer.