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Publication: H. Wainer [1990]: Graphical Visions from William Playfair to John Tukey doi:10.2307/2245821

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Title Graphical Visions from William Playfair to John Tukey
Authors
  1. Wainer, Howard
Year 1990
DOI 10.2307/2245821
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@article{Wainer1990,
 title = {Graphical Visions from William Playfair to John Tukey},
 author = {Wainer, Howard},
 year = {1990},
 doi = {10.2307/2245821},
 journal = {Statistical Science},
 number = {3},
 pages = {340--346},
 volume = {5}
}

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Perception infers abstract structures (+) Positive One or more sentences p. 345 «Graphic display can allow the eye to move from the leaf, to the branch, to the tree, to the forest, and back again. Other procedures aid us in some of these, but none are so general, nor so quick.» Streeb, Dirk: March 12, 2018
Visualizations are aesthetic (+) Positive One or more subsections p. 341 «Tukey's conclusion that impact is n important characteristic of a display seems to have developed, at least partially, in reaction to Tufte.Tufte's extreme view of the importance of maximizing the data:ink ratio (data:pixel ratio in modern parlance) has led many of us to reconsider the aesthetics of graphics.» Streeb, Dirk: March 12, 2018
Visualizations are combined with language (+) Positive One or more sentences p. 341 «There seems to be a widespread belief that a good graph should be entirely comprehensible without any instruction. Such a view is limiting.» Streeb, Dirk: March 12, 2018
Visualizations are discrete (?) Questioned One or more sentences p. 341 «Austerity may serve certain purposes, but humans often prefer, even require, more. Although I shudder to consider it, perhaps there is something to be learned from the success enjoyed by the multi-colored, three-dimensional pie charts that clutter the pages of USA Today, Time and Newsweek. I sure hope not much.» Streeb, Dirk: March 12, 2018
Visualizations emphasize parts (+) Positive One or more sentences p.346 «Aside from aiding in emphasis ("consider the red points") there seem to be few useful applications of color.» Streeb, Dirk: March 12, 2018
Visualizations emphasize parts (+) Positive One or more sentences p. 342 «I share Cleveland's belief (Cleveland1985a, page 57) that a legend should do more than merely label the components of the plot. Instead it should tell us what's important—what the point of the graph is.» Streeb, Dirk: March 12, 2018
Visualizations make data errors obvious (+) Positive One or more sentences p. 340 «Such data characteristics as clerical errors in the Bills literally stuck out like sore thumbs.» Streeb, Dirk: March 12, 2018
Visualizations make information understandable (+) Positive One or more paragraphs p. 342 «We have all had the experience of seeing something in a data set once we had graphed it that had lain hidden throughout many previous analyses.» Streeb, Dirk: March 12, 2018
Visualizations make missing parts explicit (+) Positive One or more sentences p. 346 «"The absence of phenomena is itself a phenomenon."» Streeb, Dirk: March 12, 2018
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