Beyond bar and line graphs

A new paper argues that scientists need to improve their data visualization skills.

PLOS Biology recently published a nice article on data visualization:

Weissgerber TL, Milic NM, Winham SJ, Garovic VD (2015) Beyond Bar and Line Graphs: Time for a New Data Presentation Paradigm. PLOS Biol 13(4): e1002128. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1002128

It argues that we can do better than showing data as bars of mean height with error bars indicating standard deviations. In my lab, we use many of the proposed techniques already, see e.g. Fig. 4 in this paper. However, I’m glad that I now have a simple reference I can point people to when I want them to reconsider their figures.

Claus O. Wilke
Professor of Integrative Biology


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