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Re: st: Axis break

From   Ronan Conroy <[email protected]>
To   "[email protected]" <[email protected]>
Subject   Re: st: Axis break
Date   Thu, 14 Jan 2010 14:58:54 +0000

On 13 Ean 2010, at 21:06, Alex Olssen wrote:

I have a scatterplot with a couple of outliers. The effect of these outliers is to compress the vast majority of observations into the bottom third of the graph space making it hard to see what is going on with the observations. Rather than dropping the outliers and ignoring them altogether I would like to put a line break through the axis. This would allow the majority of the observations to fill most of the graph space but still highlight to the reader the fact that the outliers exist.

As we say in french, you can't have the milk and the cheese and the smile of the dairymaid. If you want most of the data to occupy most of the space in the graph (good principle) then you might just have to place a little piece of text with an arrow pointing north, saying N observations > Y not shown", which draws the readers' attention to them in a different way.

Ronan Conroy

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