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The visual display of quantitative information

Author: Edward R Tufte
Publisher: Cheshire, Conn. : Graphics Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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This book deals with the theory and practice in the design of data graphics and makes the point that the most effective way to describe, explore, and summarize a set of numbers is to look at pictures of those numbers, through the use of statistical graphics, charts, and tables. It includes 250 illustrations of the best (and a few of the worst) statistical graphics, with detailed analysis of how to display data for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Charts, diagrams, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edward R Tufte
ISBN: 0961392142 9780961392147
OCLC Number: 46932988
Description: 197 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 28 cm.
Contents: Graphical Practice. Graphical excellence ; Graphical integrity ; Sources of graphical integrity and sophistication. --
Theory of Data Graphics. Data-ink and graphical redesign ; Chartjunk: vibrations, grids, and ducks ; Data-ink maximization and graphical design ; Multifunctioning graphical elements ; High-resolution data graphics ; Aesthetics and technique in data graphical design ; Designs for the display of information.
Responsibility: Edward R. Tufte.

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This book deals with the theory and practice in the design of data graphics and makes the point that the most effective way to describe, explore, and summarize a set of numbers is to look at pictures of those numbers, through the use of statistical graphics, charts, and tables. It includes 250 illustrations of the best (and a few of the worst) statistical graphics, with detailed analysis of how to display data for precise, effective, quick analysis. Also offered is information on the design of the high-resolution displays, small multiples, editing and improving graphics, and the data-ink ratio. Time-series, relational graphics, data maps, multivariate designs, as well as detection of graphical deception: design variation vs. data variation, and sources of deception are discussed. Information on aesthetics and data graphical displays is included. The 2nd edition provides high-resolution color reproductions of the many graphics of William Playfair (1750-1800), adds color to other images where appropriate, and includes all the changes and corrections during the 17 printings of the 1st edition.

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