Wednesday, November 21, 2007

You've got to see this graph!

One of the ways we make sense of situations is in how we portray data. I'm a fan of carefully crafted graphics, often trying to follow the lead Edward Tufte sets in his books and workshops.

That's why you have to see this graph on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science. It ... ah, Phil says it better than I could; go take a look.

When you come back, note that the message is not to copy this design into the next five graphs you do (or at least the ones you show) but to have the courage to show the data in creative ways, breaking a few rules along the way if that helps to convey your information with clarity and integrity.

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Blogger Bill Harris said...

Postscript: I should note that I agree with the comment by Derek that the graph would have been better with less chart junk.

21 November, 2007 21:17  

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