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RE: st: create pretty charts


From   tashi lama <ltashi32@hotmail.com>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: st: create pretty charts
Date   Thu, 6 Sep 2012 15:21:30 +0000

I agree. I myself is a big time proponent of a simple graph which tells the necessary information just by looking at it, not by digging it. Graphs shouldn't be complex and intimidating. Thanks guys. 

Tashi 
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> Date: Thu, 6 Sep 2012 10:05:57 -0500
> Subject: Re: st: create pretty charts
> From: joerg.luedicke@gmail.com
> To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
>
> If you have a 2d plot which shows exactly the information you want it
> to show, then coercing this plot into 3d has the consequence that you
> add visual information to the picture -- with no correspondence to the
> ('real') information that is supposed to be shown. What happens then
> is that a viewer of that plot has to figure out that the additional
> visual information that comes with the 3d plot actually does not bear
> any real information. Once (s)he figured that out (s)he essentially
> translated the 3d plot into a 2d plot in order to then process the
> relevant real information. This is a source of confusion (if something
> went wrong during the translation, for example) and a waste of time.
> So the question is: why do you want to confuse your readers and waste
> their time? That might make sense in some fields like journalism where
> this can be regarded as some kind of collateral damage which may be
> unavoidable in order to catch a reader's attention in the first place.
> However, in the game of science, these kind of shenanigans should be
> unnecessary.
>
> J.
>
> On Thu, Sep 6, 2012 at 9:43 AM, tashi lama <ltashi32@hotmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > Hello all,
> > I think Stata does heck of a job creating great graphs/charts. My supervisor is not quite bought on that and wants pretty looking, visually appealing 3D graphs/charts. Does anyone know any intermediary software that takes my charts/graphs created by stata and produces prettier looking charts, say for instance 3D charts? Any help or hint would be highly appreciated.
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Tashi
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