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st: Regarding 3D graphs


From   "Allan Reese (Cefas)" <allan.reese@cefas.co.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: Regarding 3D graphs
Date   Wed, 20 Oct 2010 10:37:42 +0100

> > Could anyone tell me how to graph pie 3d-solid in Stata, as the
website 
> > http://jcharts.sourceforge.net/samples/pie3d.html?

I endorse the previous comments on this being undesirable.  The cited
website appears to me to show an optical illusion in that the
transparent pie flips between being a top or bottom view.  I also think
the example area chart rather bizarre.  3D plots are heavily promoted by
software vendors as having "impact".  It is worth being aware that
graphs should "tell a story".  Just as with the choice of words, you can
choose to emphasize a feature when making the statement.  It's not black
and white between "honest" presentation of figures and "disingenuous"
manipulation.

Allan

PS If the BBC is having a 16% cut to income, will we get only 20 hour
rolling news? 


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