Data Analysis & Visualization
The library offers support identifying and using the best software to analyze or visualize your data.
The Claremont Colleges Library offers some support for data analysis, but our resources are generally not as extensive as those of the colleges. We cannot, for example, provide in depth software training for many of the tools used for data analysis. However, we can refer you to appropriate resources at the colleges and to resources in our collections, or online, for learning more about how to use these tools.
- Quantitative data analysis can be done with a number of software tools:
- Qualitative data analysis can also be supported by software. This approach is often referred to as computer assisted qualitative data analysis (CAQDAS).
- CAT is a widely-used free and open source project developed by several universities that has a broad user base.
- NVivo and ATLAS.ti are popular proprietary tools.
- To find out which proprietary tools for data analysis are available to you, contact your college’s Information Technology department.
- Large datasets might require high performance computing support.
- If you are a student, faculty, or staff member at the Claremont Colleges, you may get help through Harvey Mudd’s participation in the NSF XsEDE program.
Data visualization refers to many different forms of using visual and design elements to help communicate ideas from large sets of data.
- Spreadsheet tools (such as Excel or Google Sheets) can offer some basic data visualization support such as charts and graphs for describing your data.
- Tableau is a popular tool for many types of data visualization. It is available on computers in the Digital Tool Shed and the Digital Research Studio.
- Infographics: There are quite a few free tools available for creating infographics: