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On March 14th celebrate `\pi` Day. Hug `\pi`—find a way to do it.

For those who favour `\tau=2\pi` will have to postpone celebrations until July 26th. That's what you get for thinking that `\pi` is wrong. I sympathize with this position and have `\tau` day art too!

If you're not into details, you may opt to party on July 22nd, which is `\pi` approximation day (`\pi` ≈ 22/7). It's 20% more accurate that the official `\pi` day!

Finally, if you believe that `\pi = 3`, you should read why `\pi` is not equal to 3.

How many ages hence

Shall this our lofty scene be acted over

In states unborn and accents yet unknown!

—Willian Shakespeare (Julius Caesar, Act III, Scene 1)

Welcome to this year's celebration of `\pi` and mathematics.

The theme this year is typographical and pure—in contrast to last year's extremely elaborate computational art. This year is also the first time I have made a special kids' edition!

This year's poem is by Viorica Hrincu and it is about complications.

This year's `\pi` day song is Tshinanu by Kashtin.

If you enjoy art based on type, explore my other typographical works.

Several teachers have reached out to me in the past and asked for art to hang in their classrooms. So I thought what better way to get kids excited and talking (and reading) about math than with an explosion of colors and phat fonts.

The international kids' poster uses the following languages: Afrikaans, Albanian, Azerbaijani, Basque, Catalan, Cebuano, Corsican, Croatian, Danish, Dothraki, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Finnish, French, Frisian, Galician, German, Gongduk, Haitian/Creole, Hausa, Hawaiian, Huastec/Mayan, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Khasi, Ladan, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Luxembourgish, Malagasy, Maltese, Maori, Nao, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Puyuma, Ro, Samoan, Scots/Gaelic, Sesotho, Shona, Slovak, Slovenian, Solon, Solresol, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tenerife, Tetun, Turkish, Welsh, Xhosa, Yoruba, Zenaga, and Zulu.

Some of these languages are fictional or engineered—I'll leave it to you to find them.

The posters read out the digits of `\pi` in a variety of languages. For this version of the art, I've selected language digit words that have no diacritical marks—to fit the letters more tightly.

Adults shouldn't feel left out—they're free to enjoy the `\pi` Day kids' editions (I know I want to).

However, for the more discerning typographer in you (if Granby Elephant is too bloated for your eyes), I have prepared something slimmer.

These posters spell out the digits of `\pi` in a variety of languages and alphabets. I'll leave you to work out the rule for the red highlights.

The following languages are used: Afrikaans, Ainu, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Avestan, Azerbaijani, Balinese, Banjar, Bengali, Biblical Arameic, Buginese, Bulgarian, Bumthang, Catalan, Cherokee, Chinese, Cia-cia, Coptic, Czech, Danish, Dothraki, English, Esperanto, Etruscan, Frisian, Galician, Gaulish, Georgian, Georgian Old, Gothic, Greek Old, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Hopi, Hungarian, Igbo, Inuktitut, Irish, Japanese Sino, Javanese, Kannada, Kazakh, Khmer, Klallam, Korean, Korean Sino, Kyrgyz, Ladan, Ladino, Lao, Latvian, Macedonian, Malagasy, Malay, Malayalam, Mandaic, Mongolian Classical, Myanmar, Norse, Norwegian, Old English, Old Turkic, Pashto, Persian, Phoenician, Proto Germanic, Punjabi, Ro, Romanian, Samaritan, Samoan, Sanskrit, Sesotho, Sindhi, Sinhala, Slavonic, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Sundanese, Swahili, Swedish, Sylheti, Syriac, Tajik, Telugu, Tetun, Thai, Thompson, Turkish, Ugaritic, Urdu, Welsh, Wyandot, Xhosa, Yi, Yiddish, and Yonaguni.

The typeface is Helvetica Neue or Noto Sans.

In another version of the poster, instead of using words to spell out the digits, I use digit glyphs from various alphabets. Included in this version are also any single-glyph words for the digit.

The digit glyph poster uses Adlam, Ainu, Arabic, Balinese, Bengali, Brahmi, Burmese, Chakma, Cham, Chinese, Coptic, Ethiopic, Gujaranti, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Hebrew, Japanese Sino, Javanese, Kannada, Kayahli, Kharoshthi, Khmer, Klingon, Korean, Koreansino, Lao, Lepcha, Limbu, Malayalam, Meetei Mayek, Mongolian, Nko, Odia, Olchiki, Oriya, Osmanya, Punjabi, Roman, Rumi, Sanskrit, Saurashtra, Shan, Sinhala, Sinhala Archaic, Sumerian, Sundanese, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Tibetan, Vai, Yi, and Yonaguni.

Two-level factorial experiments, in which all combinations of multiple factor levels are used, efficiently estimate factor effects and detect interactions—desirable statistical qualities that can provide deep insight into a system.

They offer two benefits over the widely used one-factor-at-a-time (OFAT) experiments: efficiency and ability to detect interactions.

Since the number of factor combinations can quickly increase, one approach is to model only some of the factorial effects using empirically-validated assumptions of effect sparsity and effect hierarchy. Effect sparsity tells us that in factorial experiments most of the factorial terms are likely to be unimportant. Effect hierarchy tells us that low-order terms (e.g. main effects) tend to be larger than higher-order terms (e.g. two-factor or three-factor interactions).

Smucker, B., Krzywinski, M. & Altman, N. (2019) Points of significance: Two-level factorial experiments *Nature Methods* **16**:211–212.

Krzywinski, M. & Altman, N. (2014) Points of significance: Designing comparative experiments.. Nature Methods 11:597–598.

Digits, internationally

Celebrate `\pi` Day (March 14th) and set out on an exploration explore accents unknown (to you)!

This year is purely typographical, with something for everyone. Hundreds of digits and hundreds of languages.

A special kids' edition merges math with color and fat fonts.

Check out art from previous years: 2013 `\pi` Day and 2014 `\pi` Day, 2015 `\pi` Day, 2016 `\pi` Day, 2017 `\pi` Day and 2018 `\pi` Day.

One moment you're `:)`

and the next you're `:-.`

Make sense of it all with my Tree of Emotional life—a hierarchical account of how we feel.

One of my color tools, the `colorsnap`

application snaps colors in an image to a set of reference colors and reports their proportion.

Below is Times Square rendered using the colors of the MTA subway lines.

*Drugs could be more effective if taken when the genetic proteins they target are most active.*

Design tip: rediscover CMYK primaries.

More of my American Scientific Graphic Science designs

Ruben et al. A database of tissue-specific rhythmically expressed human genes has potential applications in circadian medicine *Science Translational Medicine* **10** Issue 458, eaat8806.

We focus on the important distinction between confidence intervals, typically used to express uncertainty of a sampling statistic such as the mean and, prediction and tolerance intervals, used to make statements about the next value to be drawn from the population.

Confidence intervals provide coverage of a single point—the population mean—with the assurance that the probability of non-coverage is some acceptable value (e.g. 0.05). On the other hand, prediction and tolerance intervals both give information about typical values from the population and the percentage of the population expected to be in the interval. For example, a tolerance interval can be configured to tell us what fraction of sampled values (e.g. 95%) will fall into an interval some fraction of the time (e.g. 95%).

Altman, N. & Krzywinski, M. (2018) Points of significance: Predicting with confidence and tolerance *Nature Methods* **15**:843–844.

Krzywinski, M. & Altman, N. (2013) Points of significance: Importance of being uncertain. Nature Methods 10:809–810.