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Re: st: create pretty charts


From   Joerg Luedicke <joerg.luedicke@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: create pretty charts
Date   Thu, 6 Sep 2012 14:13:46 -0500

Perhaps I should take back my earlier comments. I just stumbled upon
the "Magical Data Enhancer":

http://www.r-bloggers.com/amazing-fmri-plots-for-everybody/

Ships for only $12,998 and will probably make a great Christmas present!

:-)

On Thu, Sep 6, 2012 at 10:21 AM, tashi lama <ltashi32@hotmail.com> wrote:
> 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
> ----------------------------------------
>> 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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