Cartoon: The Art of Data Visualization

A cartoon that can be helpful as a vehicle to discuss how finding a good data visualization to tell the story of a study’s results is an art – even if it must be combined with the science of statistics to give an appropriate impression.  The cartoon was used in the July 2022 CAUSE cartoon caption contest and the winning caption was submitted by John Montagu, a student at University of Colorado, Boulder.. An alternative caption:  "While each plot was from a different perspective, it was the aggregation of the plots that told the whole story." was submitted by Jim Alloway from EMSQ Associates, and reinforces the idea that it may take several graphs to give a full picture of a data set.The cartoon was drawn by British cartoonist John Landers ( based on an idea by Dennis Pearl from Penn State University.

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