One of the seminal papers establishing the importance of data visualization (as it is now called) was the 1973 paper by F J Anscombe in http://www.sjsu.edu/faculty/gerstman/StatPrimer/anscombe1973.pdf
It has probably the most elegant introduction to an advanced statistical analysis paper that I have ever seen-
1. Usefulness of graphs
Most textbooks on statistical methods, and most statistical computer programs, pay too little attention to graphs. Few of us escape being indoctrinated with these notions:
(1) numerical calculations are exact, but graphs are rough;
(2) for any particular kind of statistical data there is just one set of calculations constituting a correct statistical analysis;
(3) performing intricate calculations is virtuous, whereas actually looking at the data is cheating.
A computer should make both calculations and graphs. Both sorts of output should be studied; each will contribute to understanding.
Of course the dataset makes it very very interesting for people who dont like graphical analysis too much.
The x values are the same for the first three datasets.
For all four datasets:
|Mean of x in each case
|Variance of x in each case
|Mean of y in each case
||7.50 (to 2 decimal places)
|Variance of y in each case
||4.122 or 4.127 (to 3 d.p.)
|Correlation between x and y in each case
||0.816 (to 3 d.p.)
|Linear regression line in each case
||y = 3.00 + 0.500x (to 2 d.p. and 3 d.p. resp.)
But see the graphical analysis –
and ODS Statistical Graphs at
Pretty graphs make for better decisions too !
JMP 9 releases on Oct 12- it is a very good reliable data visualization and analytical tool ( AND available on Mac as well)
AND IT is advertising R Graphics as well (lol- I can visualize the look on some ahem SAS fans in the R Project)
Updated Pricing- note I am not sure why they are charging US academics 495$ when SAS On Demand is free for academics. Shouldnt JMP be free to students- maybe John Sall and his people can do a tradeoff analysis for this given JMP’s graphics are better than Base SAS (which is under some pressure from WPS and R)
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While R packagers have a lot to be proud of in the graphics packages of R, the truth of the matter is that the lack of GUI even for Graphical Analysis hinders the ease of usage in adopting R’s powerful graphics for statistical analysis. As a contrast , SAS and JMP have been combined together in the SAS Visual Data Discovery Environment
I really liked the GUI of JMP ( which is very rich in stats testing) and with the powerful data handling capabilities on the desktop of SAS, this is clearly an outstanding effort to create terrific graphics ( see below)
Note the combination of the two- Great Graphics WITH a GUI. in R the GUI that comes closest to matching JMP is R Commander, but it’s graphical capabilities are kept basic as it is not meant for replacement of the beloved Kommand prompt
( maybe an expanded plugin for graphics or hexabin would help)
It would be interesting to see an on demand Ec2 cloud hosted version of visual data discovery by SAS (with JMP as the front end) even for a limited pilot of six months and targeted at the SMB segment. Or a Salesforce.com application that integrates Salesforce.com data with the tests and standard procedures in SAS and JMP.
Note of Discontent- The JMP Website is terrible. It has a different font from the SAS Website ( they could atleast use the same CSS ) and overall is the worst part of the otherwise excellently elegant JMP. Hope they upgrade their website soon ( they havent done it this year atleast).