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The Elements of Graphing Data 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0963488411
ISBN-10: 0963488414
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An excellent stimulus for deeper thinking
about display techniques. --The American Cartographer

Certain kinds of tendency toward
bad graphics could be cured if as many
authors as possible would not just read,
but, in the words of the Anglican Prayer
Book, `learn, mark, and inwardly digest'
this volume. --Atmospheric Environment

Ideally, everyone interested in getting
the most out of their data or presenting
data clearly and concisely should have
a copy handy. --Meteorological Magazine

Ideally, everyone interested in getting
the most out of their data or presenting
data clearly and concisely should have
a copy handy. --Meteorological Magazine

An excellent stimulus for deeper thinking
about display techniques. --The American Cartographer

Ideally, everyone interested in getting
the most out of their data or presenting
data clearly and concisely should have
a copy handy. --Meteorological Magazine

An excellent stimulus for deeper thinking
about display techniques. --The American Cartographer

Ideally, everyone interested in getting
the most out of their data or presenting
data clearly and concisely should have
a copy handy. --Meteorological Magazine

An excellent stimulus for deeper thinking
about display techniques. --The American Cartographer

Ideally, everyone interested in getting
the most out of their data or presenting
data clearly and concisely should have
a copy handy. --Meteorological Magazine

An excellent stimulus for deeper thinking
about display techniques. --The American Cartographer

About the Author

William S. Cleveland is the Shanti
S. Gupta Distinguished Professor at
Purdue University, and splits his time
between the Statistics and Computer
Science Departments. Throughout his
career, he has worked in research
areas --- statistical model building,
local machine learning, visualization,
time series, and data mining --- that
have broadened the scope of research in
learning from data. He has developed
many methods of visualization, statitics,
and machine learning that are widely used
throughout the sciencetific community.
Cleveland has published over 100
papers on his research in a wide
range of scientific journals, books,
and proceedings. His two books, The
Elements of Graphing Data and Visualizing
Data have been reviewed in many journals
from a wide variety of disciplines, and
Elements was selected for the Library
of Science.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 297 pages
  • Publisher: Hobart Press; 2 edition (October 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963488414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963488411
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #356,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Tufte shows you why it's important to do graphs well. Cleveland shows you _how_.
The last quarter of the book details experiments in human visual perception that rank how well we detect certain things: relative angles not on a common baseline (i.e. pie charts) justly come out at the bottom of the list.
One of a only handful of books I've labelled "JXH ONLY". If I loan you my copy, know that you are special.
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William Cleveland clearly describes how data can be presented to great effect. His description of visual perception spell out the "how to's" of graphing data. While many graphing programs are available in today's high technology environment, Cleveland's descriptions of how data can be presented into graphical format is enlightening. The book provides great examples of both superior and poor graphing presentation, focusing on how to encode graphs to allow for straightforward data analysis.
"The Elements of Graphiing Data" is a must for those who graph scientific data.
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If you are interested in making scientific plots, or any kinds of statistical graphics for a wide audience, Edward Tufte's series and especially his The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, are indispensable. Reading William S. Cleveland's The Elements of Graphing Data, you can see where Tufte drew much of his inspiration, and where he expanded, clarified, and improved upon Cleveland's ideas. Much of this is simply due to advances in computer graphics, personal computers, and printing and display capability - it's been 27 years since Cleveland's book was published, and the WWW didn't even exist then. Cleveland certainly isn't at fault for the technical limits of displays in his day, but for the modern reader and chart-maker, Tufte's work is more instructive and is a better starting point.
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Like one of the other reviewers, I first borrowed this book from the library. I read it from cover to cover and realised how much valuable information it contained. I needed to get my own copy to be able to put it into practice. It is also a nice hard covered book, great for bashing my work colleagues (who love pie charts) over the head with.
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