Graphical Excellence

-According to Edward Tufte in his book, The Visual Display Of Quantitative Information

  • Excellence in statistical graphics consists of complex ideas communicated with clarity, precision, and efficiency. Graphical displays should
  • show the data
  • induce the viewer to think about the substance rather than about methodology, graphic design, the technology of graphic production or something else
  • avoid distorting what the data have to say
  • present many numbers in a small space
  • make large data sets coherent
  • encourage the eye to compare different pieces of data
  • reveal the data at several levels of detail from a broad overview to the fine structure
  • serve a reasonably clear purpose: description, exploration, tabulation or decoration
  • be closely integrated with the statistical and verbal descriptions of a data set.

Graphics reveal data.

 

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