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Creating More Effective Graphs

Creating More Effective Graphs

Creating More Effective Graphs gives you the basic knowledge and techniques required to choose and create appropriate graphs for a broad range of applications. Using real-world examples everyone can relate to, it highlights some of today's most effective methods. In clear, concise language, it answers such common questions as:

  1. What constitutes an effective graph for communicating data?
  2. How do I choose the type of graph that is best for my data?
  3. How do I recognize a misleading graph?

Whether you're a novice at graphing or want to improve the graphs you already use in your work, Creating More Effective Graphs will help you develop the kind of clear, accurate, and well-designed graphs that allow your data to be understood.


Creating More Effective Graphs is once again available at Amazon, published by Chart House. I have ended my relationship with Wiley Interscience due to their high price combined with poor quality.

Recommended Books (on software to complement Creating More Effective Graphs)

Creating More Effective Graphs is not a how-to book on software use. Rather, it provides useful graph forms and principles for presenting data. Books that complement Creating More Effective Graphs by showing the reader how to use software follow.

R Graphics: 2nd Edition
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R Graphics: 2nd Edition

Paul Murrell
R Graphics describes the use of R, powerful open source software that is available for downloading at no cost. The recommendations of Creating More Effective Graphs can be implemented using R software.
Modern Applied  Statistics with S
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Modern Applied Statistics with S

W. N. Venables and B.D. Ripley
(MASS) provides invaluable help on the use of the S language with either S-Plus or R. I thank the authors for the many hours this book has saved me.
Excel 2007 Charts
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Excel 2007 Charts

John Walkenbach
Walkenbach’s book is highly recommended to those who use Excel to draw charts. Excel Charts tells how to get the effects you want with charts drawn with Excel.
Lattice
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Lattice

Deepayan Sarkar
R uses the term lattice for trellis plots, one of my favorite types of graphs. This book provides guidance on drawing lattice plots.
Visualizing Data Patterns with Micromaps
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Visualizing Data Patterns with Micromaps

Daniel Carr and Linda Pickle
Micromaps are an important tool for graphing data with geographic references. Linked micromaps are easy to produce using free code referenced in this outstanding book.
RExcel
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RExcel

Richard Heiberger and Erich Neuwirth
RExcel lets the user access the power of the R language through Excel menus.