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Let's Practice What We Preach: Turning Tables into Graphs

Andrew Gelman, Cristian Pasarica and Rahul Dodhia
The American Statistician
Vol. 56, No. 2 (May, 2002), pp. 121-130
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3087382
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Let's Practice What We Preach: Turning Tables into Graphs
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Abstract

Statisticians recommend graphical displays but often use tables to present their own research results. Could graphs do better? We study the question by going through the tables in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Statistical Association. We show how it is possible to improve the presentations using graphs that actually take up less space than the original tables. We find a particularly effective tool to be multiple repeated line plots, with comparisons of interest connected by lines and separate comparisons isolated on different plots.

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