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The Visual Display of Quantitative Information (1983)
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0961392142, Hardcover)Hardcover: 200 pages Publisher: Graphics Pr; 2nd edition (May 2001) Language: English ISBN-10: 0961392142 ISBN-13: 978-0961392147 Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.9 x 0.8 inches
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This book deals with the theory and practice in the design of data graphics and makes the point that the most effective way to describe, explore, and summarize a set of numbers is to look at pictures of those numbers, through the use of statistical graphics, charts, and tables. It includes 250 illustrations of the best (and a few of the worst) statistical graphics, with detailed analysis of how to display data for precise, effective, quick analysis. Also offered is information on the design of the high-resolution displays, small multiples, editing and improving graphics, and the data-ink ratio. Time-series, relational graphics, data maps, multivariate designs, as well as detection of graphical deception: design variation vs. data variation, and sources of deception are discussed. Information on aesthetics and data graphical displays is included. The 2nd edition provides high-resolution color reproductions of the many graphics of William Playfair (1750-1800), adds color to other images where appropriate, and includes all the changes and corrections during the 17 printings of the 1st edition.