[R] Minard's Challenge: Re-Visioning Minard Contest
friendly at yorku.ca
Wed Aug 27 21:05:37 CEST 2003
In a recent talk ('Visions of the Past, Present & Future of Statistical
I talked about, among other things, the lessons Minard's March on Moscow
for modern statistical graphics, and illustrated aspects of power and
in several programming languages where this graphic had been recreated.
I referred to 'elegance factors' of various programming languages in
the power, simplicity and transparency of data representations and
or declarative specifications required to program a re-creation (or
of this famous graph.
It occurred to me that it might be of interest, perhaps fun, and
to pose this as a formal challenge to the R community and others.
Several exisiting exemplars are shown on my 'Re-visions of Minard' web page
(in the Gallery of Data Visualization, ../)
These include programming examples in Mathematica, SAS/IML Workshop,
Grammar of Graphics, images created in other data visualization systems,
(images, data), etc.
There are no formal rules for this "Re-Visioning Minard Contest", but
each entry should ideally include:
(a) an image file in web-friendly format (.jpg, .gif, .png, etc),
(b) the program and data used to draw the image,
(c) a 'what they were thinking' description of the process used in
constructing the graph.
To save bandwidth on r-help, I'll ask responders to reply to the list
only with reactions to this
challenge and what they deem useful to share with all readers. Other
ways to reply include
posting a web URL where readers can view the details or a direct email
reply to me.
Michael Friendly Email: friendly at yorku.ca
Professor, Psychology Dept.
York University Voice: 416 736-5115 x66249 Fax: 416 736-5814
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Toronto, ONT M3J 1P3 CANADA
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