DrawMyData lets you plot points manually and then download the data

Aug 12, 2016

When you have graphs to draw or statistical concepts to teach, you need your data and you need it now. You can look for a suitable dataset, or you can simulate a result, but that can be annoyingly tedious. DrawMyData by Robert Grant is a simple tool that lets you click an x-y plot to draw points, and then you can just download the the x-y coordinates as a CSV file.

Tools like this always seem kind of frivolous at first, but then you use it a few times and becomes indispensable. [via @albertocairo]

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