Alternate way to line chart

9 Oct 2006 - 1:04pm
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jim muntone
2006

Hello folks,

A while back, maybe at a conference, maybe a text book, I saw a way of
doing line charts that made them extremely easy to read. Even with a
heavy amount of data. It was something like doing away with the peaks
and instead accenting a different part of the line. Unfortunately, for
the life of me, I can't remember what the "trick" was. I don't think it
was a Tufte thing, at least I've looked through my trusty books and
haven't found anything...

Does anyone have any idea what I might have seen?

Any help is much appreciated

-j

Jim Muntone

User Experience Manager | Product Design

Factiva, a Dow Jones & Reuters Company

http://www.sadrhino.net

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11 Oct 2006 - 2:27pm
Rutter, Mike
2006

Maybe you're thinking of William Cleveland's aspect ratio optimization?
His book is called "Visualizing Data". Here's a link that might be
helpful:

http://vis.berkeley.edu/papers/banking/

--Mike Rutter

Business Systems Analyst
Johns Manville

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Hello folks,

A while back, maybe at a conference, maybe a text book, I saw a way of
doing line charts that made them extremely easy to read. Even with a
heavy amount of data. It was something like doing away with the peaks
and instead accenting a different part of the line. Unfortunately, for
the life of me, I can't remember what the "trick" was. I don't think it
was a Tufte thing, at least I've looked through my trusty books and
haven't found anything...

Does anyone have any idea what I might have seen?

Any help is much appreciated

-j

Jim Muntone

User Experience Manager | Product Design

Factiva, a Dow Jones & Reuters Company

http://www.sadrhino.net

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