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7.3: Let’s Think Through a Visualization

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  • Principles we want to keep in mind:

    • Show the data without distortion
    • Use color, shape, and location to encourage comparisons
    • Minimize visual clutter (maximize your information to ink ratio)

    The two questions you want to ask yourself before getting started are:

    • What type of variable(s) am I plotting?
    • What comparison do I want to make salient for the viewer (possibly myself)?

    Figuring out how to highlight a comparison and include relevant variables usually benefits from sketching the plot out first.