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From |
Maarten Buis <maartenlbuis@gmail.com> |

To |
statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu |

Subject |
Re: st: create pretty charts |

Date |
Fri, 7 Sep 2012 10:37:35 +0200 |

On Thu, Sep 6, 2012 at 11:30 PM, Nick Cox wrote: > Pablo and Miguel (and anybody else) would be doing a useful service if > they could specify exactly what in Tableau is really good and also > exceeds what they can do in Stata. That would give programmers if not > an agenda, then a cogitanda. I googled it, and it seems like a piece of software that allows you to program an interactive graph. Some of the example graphs do look pretty, but designing such infographics is best left to professionals. It reminds me a bit of the time that inkjet printers became available, so "normal" people could now freely choose and print any type of font. The result was a mass of horrible and completely unreadable documents with 16 or more different fonts. Even the example graphs provided by the company that makes the piece of software, which should showcase the best use of the software are not convincing: Most of them are pretty but make the content harder to read than necessary, some of them are downright misleading (worst example is: <http://www.tableausoftware.com/learn/gallery/product-survey-analysis>), and only few are useful (I like a set of linked graphs, such that when you select a subset in one graph that same subset is also highlighted in the other graphs. I think that is a nice way to get a feel for multidimensional problems.). So, my impression is that unless you want to start a four year study in graphical design, you'd best leave software like that alone (and if you do finish such a study you'll probably have learned that there is better software for designing such infographics). -- Maarten --------------------------------- Maarten L. Buis WZB Reichpietschufer 50 10785 Berlin Germany http://www.maartenbuis.nl --------------------------------- * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

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