[R] Re: R-1.2.3 terminology

Richard Rowe Richard.Rowe at jcu.edu.au
Fri Apr 27 10:07:52 CEST 2001

At 14:37 26/04/01 +0200, Peter D wrote:

>dotchart() and stripchart() become the preferred names for dotplot() and 
>stripplot(), respectively.  The old names are now deprecated.

Why? dot plot is now a term in widespread use and of long standing (e.g. 
Cleveland 1985, 1994 etc) ... so far as I know it has always and only had 
one name. Altering terminology without a good (and consistent) reason isn't 
helpful ... 'to find more about dotcharts look up "dot plots" in Cleveland 
... ' adds a level of translation, which is bad when teaching newcomers,

Richard Rowe

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