Re: [S] pie charts

Jim Hodges (hodges@ccbr.umn.edu)
Fri, 13 Nov 1998 10:05:04 -0600 (CST)


On Fri, 13 Nov 1998, Dave Krantz wrote:

> it is still true that
> many clients really like pie charts, and it behooves us to
> think hard about why this is so;

A propos of this, a story from grad school days: When I was working in
the stat consulting clinic, I had more than one person come into my office
saying that they'd been using SPSS because they were in the social
sciences, and "it's the statistical package for the social sciences, isn't
it?"

Why do *you* figure people like tilted 3D pie charts and 3D bar charts so
much, when they're manifestly perceptual disasters?

Jim H

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