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Scientific graphical abstracts — design guidelines


language + fiction

Dark Matter of the English Language—the unwords

Words are easy, like the wind;
Faithful friends are hard to find.
—William Shakespeare

unanimals

Critters that definitely don't exist but, perhaps, should.

The backal is probably a feisty biter while the cakmiran probably has a quizzical look. And I would completely avoid the fangol—he sounds like trouble.

A great exercise for kids and the comedic-at-heart would be to try to draw some of these. What would a gakrin look like? Or a gorderish?

Below are the alphabetically first 4–10 letter single-word unanimals for each letter. In some cases, no names of a given length were generated for a given letter.

—4—
aytt
bebe
bick
caen
calb
dalh
dlol
fibl
file
galg
gaon
haen
hale
ilpa
jang
kall
laot
laro
mard
mean
naal
neat
orot
oton
pate
peof
qaid
radc
ranl
saol
shal
tial
walr
weil
—5—
acter
alome
boloo
brata
cabal
capir
dacwo
daxol
fimat
fogon
gatey
geass
haore
heisa
ihire
kardo
kouse
lalpy
lante
malbe
morci
nlreg
nriwe
oacda
omita
paric
ponga
radka
ramep
saage
saako
teart
ufuse
wease
weatl
—6—
acukoe
agtalt
backal
banher
caidat
calepe
dearle
dolpin
eyrita
fangol
gafala
gakrin
haamet
hadnel
iykile
jacang
kagcet
kurdot
lalper
largoz
mamket
mander
narnla
oammim
ooceat
palyus
patble
rarman
ravlil
seaise
seikol
tarbaa
tonele
usrenl
valiss
waatir
whagit
—7—
amreron
apunaed
baadber
balsidd
cadtole
calfasf
daldaug
dalfiso
eolgeal
eomrarf
fondard
gallish
gamymly
hankrer
hokloru
itarato
jatfish
jatwoss
kaister
lamushe
leittoy
madarle
malfash
narddco
nhucasf
oncigut
ootfoto
pakline
parcata
qicsoor
raacbor
raipins
sablrod
sabrilr
tenlrit
tonmede
vansoar
vatkifh
waldfil
walslil
—8—
anlonfow
arnbwict
baieslel
barnnkor
caeffuse
cakmiran
disteale
erhadiol
geepbuwl
golshowo
halalale
hocscist
loicpalt
lruzgind
mannforl
marppuse
obberose
oosgerle
pandleie
perphist
raaldope
ragprerd
saelling
saistiet
tolrfish
valcunle
wadmfish
wasshail
—9—
anlfilher
beigartal
cacdockud
cagccride
gardefand
gorderish
ipilfoyor
keosildor
laechinee
lhallaeye
malpandie
maltreuge
okrerblon
pallanmer
penrhapor
shipopish
shorgeone
ugoflifes
waadarall
waamesder
—10—
asdrosquod
cackemorel
canzlitbar
gaotemtirh
gorofoshew
hirkaflarl
honkerfosh
mapobanadl
moalarfesg
nearretlee
qoarrorule
raccistech
sancockese
sealdhicnh
waagelidhe
weendefish
—11—
condlidilin
cotarleweer
galafonllar
geatingtink
rellswobgry
soridioatar
wolfendelad

Here are all some lists with common suffixes

*ish camfish gallish gawlish gohfish gurrish jatfish mipkish polmish wamfish gorderish shipopish slarmish soulfish tolrfish wadmfish weendefish

*ile halile iykile weadnrile cragiile file gile

*ale anmale calilale disteale halalale hale saale

*use bampuse caeffuse marppuse kouse ufuse

*her banher coocher lorsher anlfilher wher

*tar codtar mistar soridioatar wortautar

*ole rorole cadtole wurkole cole

*ise seaise shoise guceyrise

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news + thoughts

Music for the Moon: Flunk's 'Down Here / Moon Above'

Sat 29-05-2021

The Sanctuary Project is a Lunar vault of science and art. It includes two fully sequenced human genomes, sequenced and assembled by us at Canada's Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre.

The first disc includes a song composed by Flunk for the (eventual) trip to the Moon.

But how do you send sound to space? I describe the inspiration, process and art behind the work.

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
The song 'Down Here / Moon Above' from Flunk's new album History of Everything Ever is our song for space. It appears on the Sanctuary genome discs, which aim to send two fully sequenced human genomes to the Moon. (more)

Browse the genome discs.

Happy 2021 `\pi` Day—
A forest of digits

Sun 14-03-2021

Celebrate `\pi` Day (March 14th) and finally see the digits through the forest.

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
The 26th tree in the digit forest of `\pi`. Why is there a flower on the ground?. (details)

This year is full of botanical whimsy. A Lindenmayer system forest – deterministic but always changing. Feel free to stop and pick the flowers from the ground.

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
The first 46 digits of `\pi` in 8 trees. There are so many more. (details)

And things can get crazy in the forest.

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
A forest of the digits of '\pi`, by ecosystem. (details)

Check out art from previous years: 2013 `\pi` Day and 2014 `\pi` Day, 2015 `\pi` Day, 2016 `\pi` Day, 2017 `\pi` Day, 2018 `\pi` Day and 2019 `\pi` Day.

Testing for rare conditions

Sun 30-05-2021

All that glitters is not gold. —W. Shakespeare

The sensitivity and specificity of a test do not necessarily correspond to its error rate. This becomes critically important when testing for a rare condition — a test with 99% sensitivity and specificity has an even chance of being wrong when the condition prevalence is 1%.

We discuss the positive predictive value (PPV) and how practices such as screen can increase it.

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
Nature Methods Points of Significance column: Testing for rare conditions. (read)

Altman, N. & Krzywinski, M. (2021) Points of significance: Testing for rare conditions. Nature Methods 18:224–225.

Standardization fallacy

Tue 09-02-2021

We demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty! —D. Adams

A popular notion about experiments is that it's good to keep variability in subjects low to limit the influence of confounding factors. This is called standardization.

Unfortunately, although standardization increases power, it can induce unrealistically low variability and lead to results that do not generalize to the population of interest. And, in fact, may be irreproducible.

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
Nature Methods Points of Significance column: Standardization fallacy. (read)

Not paying attention to these details and thinking (or hoping) that standardization is always good is the "standardization fallacy". In this column, we look at how standardization can be balanced with heterogenization to avoid this thorny issue.

Voelkl, B., Würbel, H., Krzywinski, M. & Altman, N. (2021) Points of significance: Standardization fallacy. Nature Methods 18:5–6.

Graphical Abstract Design Guidelines

Fri 13-11-2020

Clear, concise, legible and compelling.

Making a scientific graphical abstract? Refer to my practical design guidelines and redesign examples to improve organization, design and clarity of your graphical abstracts.

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
Graphical Abstract Design Guidelines — Clear, concise, legible and compelling.

"This data might give you a migrane"

Tue 06-10-2020

An in-depth look at my process of reacting to a bad figure — how I design a poster and tell data stories.

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
A poster of high BMI and obesity prevalence for 185 countries.