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Edward Tufte’s ‘Slopegraphs’

In his 1983 book The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Edward R. Tufte displayed a new type of data graphic. He was completely ignored.

Last month Tufte reintroduced the graph to the world, now christened as “Slopegraphs.” “Slopegraphs compare changes over time for a list of nouns located on an ordinal or interval scale.”

Charlie Park followed up with an extensive examination. “Any time you’d use a line chart to show a progression of univariate data among multiple actors over time, you might have a good candidate for a slopegraph.”

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  1. October 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm

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