• There is a magic in graphs. The profile of a curve reveals in a flash a whole situation - the life history of an epidemic, a panic, or an era of prosperity. The curve informs the mind, awakens the imagination, convinces.

    Henry David Hubbard (1870 - 1943)

  • ...making an appeal to the eye when proportion and magnitude are concerned, is the best and readiest method of conveying a distinct idea.

    William Playfair (1759 - 1823)

  • At their best, graphics are instruments for reasoning about quantitative information.

    Edward R. Tufte (1942 - )

  • I love pictures. Formulas and symbols - I don't especially like them.

    David Blackwell (1919 - 2010)

  • You must never tell a thing. You must illustrate it. We learn through the eye and not the noggin.

    Will Rogers (1879 - 1935)

  • Lyric copyright by Alan Reifman
    may sing to the tune of "Big Shot" (Billy Joel)

    You've collected your data, and you want to see,
    The major cuts, from the symbolic axe,
    You see the median... the quartiles,
    And the min, and the max,

    Well, you can also make a marking,
    For a special case,
    If a point looks, too far away,
    You can handle outliers, fine,
    Right within your array,

    And you can show it with a box plot, can't you?
    Tukey's gift to help explore,
    You show it with a box plot, don't you?
    Such a graph, you can't ignore,

    They illustrate dispersion, quicker,
    The key cut-points, at a glance,
    It gives you a descriptive picture,
    It looks just like a kitten's whisker,

  • Lyric copyright ©2006-2013 by Lawrence Lesser
    may sing to the tune of "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" (Pat Benatar)

    Well you're a real tough cookie in statistics class,
    Doin' just average, enough to pass.
    That's OK, just don't fit a line
    'Til you view the data you're assigned!

    Chorus: Hit me with your best plot!
    Why don't you hit me with your best plot?
    Hit me with your best plot - graph away!

    Come on, you know graphs gotta look fair -
    Like pictogram areas showin' their share.
    Let zero be where the y-axis starts
    And don't have a graph with unlabeled parts!
    (Repeat Chorus)

    Well Hans Rosling took our long history
    And animated data so we could see
    What's a trend or a special case
    As nations move through time and space!
    (Repeat Chorus)