EDWARD R. TUFTEThe visual Display of Quantitative Information
Graphic Press (Chesire, Connecticut) 1993, English text 191 pp. Data graphics visually display measured quantities by means of the combined use of points, lines, a coordinate system, numbers, symbols, words, shading, and color. The use of abstract, non-representational pictures to show numbers is a surprisingly recent invention, perhaps because of the diversity of skills required - the visual-artistic, empirical-statistical graphics - length and area to show quantity time-series, scatterplots, and multivariate displays - were invented long after such triumphs of mathematical ingenuity as logrithms, Cartesian coordinates, the calculus, and the basics of probability theory. This is a book bout the design of statistical graphics and, as such, it is concerned both with design and with statistics. But it is also about how to communicate information through the simultaneous presentation of words, numbers, and pictures. |

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