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A disclaimer about this page:

This page is not intended to elaborate on all things regarding graphical methods.  Sorry.

Instead, this page - for the moment - serves as a holding area for information regarding the general use of graphics.  It might contain links or references to websites or other information.  It might have a pithy quote or two.

Recognized references include:

IntraOcular Trauma Test (IOTT)

Sometimes called the inter-ocular concussion test.

More information:

Article - "How Good is Your Eyeballing"
(from ASA "Chance" magazine, Vol. 24, No. 2, Spring 2011)

This article highlights some of the reasons why conclusions should consider not just a graphic, but should also include results from a quantitative method based on a sound study as well.

What is the purpose of the graphic?
  • To support exploratory data analysis
  • Graphics for ourselves used during the exploratory process of a data analysis.
  • Presentation graphics
    • Polished graphics used to present findings to others.

Some examples of quantitative information that is poorly designed, critics and solution from Stephen Few, PerceptualEdge

Must Read Books on Visualizing Data from DataMarket's blog

Visualization Options Available in Many Eyes

Finding the right way view your data is as much an art as a science. The visualizations provided on Many Eyes range from the ordinary to the experimental.