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Graphing Statistics & Data

Graphing Statistics & Data
Creating Better Charts

June 1996 | 94 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

How can you present or organize your statistical or numerical data so that they are accessible and meaningful for your readers?

Graphing Statistics & Data introduces you to the technique and art of producing good charts. Carefully written with many examples and illustrations, the book begins with an introduction to the building blocks of charts (axes, scales, and patterns) and then describes each step the reader can use to create effective and easy-to-read charts. Throughout the book, the authors use numerous examples of real data as a basis for the maps and charts. They also include a chapter that shows step-by-step how to work from the data to the finished chart. Practical textual information serves as a guide for executing each stage of preparing a chart or graph. Sound charts do not draw attention to themselves for their own sake but make the reader aware of the qualities of the statistical data. Graphing Statistics & Data enables you to create charts that effectively present your data.

The Power of Charts
Choosing Chart Types
The Building Blocks of Charts
Bar Charts
Our Basic Chart

Showing Frequencies
Showing Development over Time
Showing Relationship
Showing Variation
Showing Flows
Showing Geographical Variation
Some Chart Philosophy
Charts and Layout
Charts in Practice
Choice of Technology for Producing Charts

"This is a short, easy-to-read book about the basics of chart-making. Unlike many survey texts, the authors take clear stands on most issues, leaving the reader with a list of ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ for nearly every type of chart. . . . This is a good book to have handy when disputes arise about a graphic’s design, such as between the statistician and a client or graphic artist. . . . This book would be a welcome addition to every statistician’s bookshelf." 

Linda Williams Pickle
Journal of the American Statistical Association

"A belated thanks for sending Graphing Statistics & Data. It is much better than the book I have been using. It is clear, well-written, and practical. Indiana University will be using it both for graduate and undergraduate classes." 

J. Scott Long
Indiana University

Cost and age tell against this book as a core text - it has useful content in terms of producing clear illustrations for publication, but software has moved on a great deal, and an update would be useful. I see a need for a good book in this area, but for most students this is probably not it - a good resource for a library, nevertheless.

Mr Andrew Rideout
School of Health, Glasgow Caledonian University
December 8, 2011

Good supplement for two of the major assignments, but not essential. If the course design changes in the future, the book may be required.

Mr Chris Faulk
Rhetoric and Composition, American University In Cairo
December 8, 2009

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ISBN: 9780761905998