I’m on my way back home from the workshop Integrating Computing into the Statistics Curricula in Berkeley (and this time I managed to get through the line without getting yelled at). During one of the labs, there was an assignment called Deconstruct-Reconstruct which was a great way to learn how to improve statistical graphics. Basically, we picked apart (deconstruct) a graphic from Swivel and then created a better version (reconstruct).
Your Mission, If You Choose to Accept it…
As I was making my own version, I thought to myself, “I bet FlowingData readers would do really well with this exercise.” Let’s see if I’m right. Can you deconstruct-reconstruct the above graphic? Here are questions worth considering:
- What is the graphic (trying) to show?
- Does the graphic achieve its goal?
- Are there other data that could make the plot more informative?
- How can we improve the bar chart?
I’ll put my version a little later…This post will self-destruct in ten seconds…