[R] Help needed with Waterfall plot

hadley wickham h.wickham at gmail.com
Sat Nov 1 15:32:06 CET 2008

On Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 11:25 AM, Philip Twumasi-Ankrah
<nana_kwadwo_derkyi at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Hi friends,
> I need suggestions/directions on how to producing a waterfall plot for present extend of change in tumour size for a set of respondents in a study.  Example of use of waterfall plot is in the following slides presented at ASCO 2007 by Axel Grothey. Link is
> http://media.asco.org/player/default.aspx?LectureID=AG265&conferenceFolder=GI2007&SessionFolder=Poster&slideonly=yes&TrackID=N929&LectureTitle=Waterfall%20plots%20provide%20detailed%20information%20on%20magnitude%20of%20response%20to%20conventional%20chemotherapy%20in%20colorectal%20cancer%3a%20Lessons%20learned%20from%20N9741.&Key=vm_45_3_26_265&SpeakerName=%3b%20Presenter%3a%20Axel%20Grothey%2c%20MD&mediaURL=%2fmedia&ServerName=media.asco.org&max=12&ext=jpg&useASX=false&playtype=&playtype=&playtype=,
> The link is pretty long but it takes you right to the presentation.

Is this really an effective means of describing the distribution of
percent change in tumour size?  Wouldn't a histogram display the
distribution more effectively?



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