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Compact Ways to Visualize Distributions in R

For when you want to show or compare several distributions but don’t have a lot of space.

Most of the time, the distribution visualization basics get you where you need to go.As we’ve seen, there are a number of ways to visualize distributions in R, each method with its pros and cons. A good portion of the time, the standard plot types, such as a histogram or box plot, will provide what you need, but sometimes you need to look to other methods.

One such case is when you’re looking for more detail than a box plot provides but also have limited space. In this tutorial, you look at three alternatives.

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About the Author

Nathan Yau is a statistician who works primarily with visualization. He earned his PhD in statistics from UCLA, is the author of two best-selling books — Data Points and Visualize This — and runs FlowingData. Introvert. Likes food. Likes beer.