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Elements of Graphing Data, The [Hardcover]

W.S. Cleveland

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5.0 out of 5 stars Must-have for anyone designing any kind of graph. 29 July 1999
By Jim Hickstein <jxh@jxh.com> - Published on Amazon.com
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A necessary addition to the scientists library 16 May 2001
By P. Rose - Published on Amazon.com
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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5.0 out of 5 stars a book that every phd in sciences should own 13 Aug 2012
By ypeng - Published on Amazon.com
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previously borrowed it from lib, then decided to buy it.
not like other similar books, which only illustrate big charts but discuss little how to produce them, from this book, i can learn a lot which was ignored before. i even think most latter books just copy its idea, even graphics.

especially very helpful to produce academic charts
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and Informative 8 Sep 2009
By Neal Groothuis - Published on Amazon.com
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Mr. Cleveland takes a topic which sounds very dry and makes it interesting with simple descriptions of methods for displaying quantitative data and illustrations of "do's" and "don'ts". It should be mandatory reading for anyone who is creating charts and graphs for widespread consumption.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating precursor to Edward Tufte's work 18 Aug 2012
By Evan Pickett - Published on Amazon.com
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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