Everything in computers is so much more complicated than you think.
Posts tagged with graphics
—Data is the most important thing, and the thing that you bring to the table.
—Geometric objects … what you actually see on the plot: points, lines, polygons, etc.
—Statistics transform the data in many useful ways. For example, binning and counting to create a histogram….
—Scales map values in the data space to values in an aesthetic space, whether it be colour, or size, or shape. Scales also provide an inverse mapping: a legend.
—A coordinate system describes how data coordinates are mapped to the plane of the graphic. It also provides axes and gridlines to make it possible to read the graph.
— A facetting, or conditioning, specification…. to reproduce the same plot for different subsets of the data. The facetting specification describes those subsets and how the facets should be arranged in to a plot.
Here is how to improve your charts, graphs, maps, and plots:
For example, here’s how he would use the eraser, not the pen to improve on the typical bar chart or histogram. (3-D bar charts are right out.)
Additionally, Tufte wants news publications to use sophisticated graphics that let the data tell their intricate story, rather than simplistic graphics that attempt to “dazzle” the viewer.
Lastly, regarding wide versus tall graphics: